Notes from the Bag Committee meeting Wed. July 15, 2015
Attend: Mary Kirkpatrick, Jan Blake, Molly Stroh, Becky Ross, Donna Rupp, Deb Schoelerman
1. Pledge cards to be signed by fair-goers promising to eliminate the use of plastic bags
were approved and it was decided 600 would be printed. They can be used for future
events as well. Becky would take care of the printing.
Cards would be collected and follow-up emails would be sent to check on pledgers resolve.
2. Little “BYOB bag” badges would be given to those who signed the pledge cards. We will
gather at Becky’s house Monday, 7/20 @10:00 to make the badges. Those coming were
asked to bring scissors.
3. Guidelines for 100 Grannies environmental awards were discussed. It was decided that
the number of these characteristics found in a business was not as much of a factor as
the level of commitment to sustainability. The criteria used may include:
a. Presence of a plastic bag reduction policy, ie. there is a charge for the plastic bag, a
reward for bringing a reusable bag, or some other incentive, such as donations to a
b. Use of biodegradable food containers
c. Sharing with their patrons their commitment to fostering sustainability.
d. Use of renewable energy
e. Taking significant steps to reduce practices that are environmentally detrimental
f. Training and insisting that all employees support the business’s commitment to
It was noted that the new Lucky’s uses a token system to make donations to one of 3
charities chosen by the shopper.
Mary offered copies of letters to each of the local Hy-Vees asking them to eliminate
plastic bags at check-out. They will be taken to the next general Grannies meeting for
4. In spite of a request to desist by Janet Razbadouski, President of the New Pioneer
Board, the bag committee agreed they would go ahead with a membership petition to
eliminate the availability of single-use plastic bags at check-out and to study reduction of
use of plastic throughout the store. This decision is subject to Steering Committee
approval. We are, however, willing to withhold the petition if New Pi voluntarily commits
to elimination of the single-use plastic bags at check-out. There is a July 26th deadline for
collecting petition signatures. All must be New Pi members. No decision was made about
speaking at the next New Pi Annual meeting.
5. Next meeting is August 19 at 10:00 , Sycamore Mall by Panera.