Take the Bag Challenge

I can’t tell you how excited I am about the new program we kicked off at Foodland earlier this week! Our Take the Bag Challenge invites customers to join us in committing to use only reusable bags when they shop over the next six weeks and our hope is that we can change habits, help protect Hawaii’s environment and reduce our plastic bag usage by 50%! It’s a big goal, but one we are confident we can achieve with your help!

As a local company, we care deeply about Hawaii and we recognize that the large number of bags all of us use – whether paper or plastic – can be very harmful to this place we love. While some people think that people will never change habits without legislation or a disincentive, we disagree. Time and time again, our customers have amazed us with what they do to support our community and we believe that this will be no different. In fact, on the first day of our bag challenge alone, our customers helped us to save over 13,000 bags! WOW! We hope that all of you will get involved and encourage your friends to do the same. Let's challenge each other to do what is best for Hawaii – and have a little fun earning free products, and a chance to win free groceries and a donation to charity along the way! Why wait for a plastic bag ban to go into effect, when each of us can make an impact now?

The response we’ve received so far has been amazing. So many people have told us they want to go reusable, they just need to remember their bags. I have to admit, I fall into that category too, often leaving my bags at home or in the car. But I’ve taken the challenge along with the 2500 employees at our company and I’m committed to going reusable. And if I can do it, you can too! So, please take the bag challenge. And if you see me without my reusable bags, please remind me, and I’ll do the same for you…because TOGETHER we CAN and WILL build a better Hawaii.

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