Human Bean Celebrates Earth Day every year with a reusable shopping bag giveaway.¬† Earth Day is on April, 22nd.¬† We will be showing customer appreciation by giving away reusable bags on Friday, April 21st and have been doing this since 2011.¬† We estimate that we have given away 90,000 of them and also¬†plan to give away about 15,000 more this¬† year.
Why Use Reusable Shopping Bags?
A simple way to be kinder to our earth is to use reusable shopping bags. Many communities, including the city of Ashland locally, have banned the use of disposable plastic shopping bags.¬† This is due to the damage they can cause to our environment and wildlife. A plastic bag can take from 15-1,000 years to break down depending on environment.¬† Millions of birds, turtles and other sea animals die each year from ingesting the plastic waste that doesn‚Äôt make it into landfills. Reusable shopping bags can replace disposable plastic bags.¬† They are also¬†made of recycled materials and typically have a lifespan equal to that of more than 700 plastic bags. When worn out, reusable bags can then be recycled. Additionally many stores now give discounts to customers that bring in their own shopping bags.¬† Plus¬†they now come in many fashionable and cute shapes and prints, like ours!
How the Human Bean Celebrates Earth Day Every Day
The Human Bean tries to extend their earth friendly practices globally as well as through their Farm Friendly Direct program.¬† This is their direct-trade coffee sourcing program.¬† They work directly with the farmers that grow their coffee.¬† Therefore¬†they can¬†pay them at or above market prices.¬† They also allocate additional funds for community projects such as: building water systems, school and community centers and facilitating earth friendly soil, water and farming practices.¬†¬†You can¬†learn more about The Human Bean and Farm Friendly Direct here!