To help ease the transition from banned plastic shopping bags in Barrington, The BAY Team began handing out 3,000 free cloth shopping bags this week.
At the same time, one bag at a time, the cloth carriers will deliver an alcohol and drug prevention message from the coalition: “Youth Shouldn’t Be Wasted.” A BAY Team logo accompanies the message.
”The ban on plastic shopping bags goes into effect in January, so the timing couldn’t be better,” said Kristen Westmoreland, program manager for The BAY Team.
She describes the distribution of the bright blue bags as a “win-win for residents supporting local businesses and for spreading a positive prevention message.”
The bags are available at Center ACE Hardware, Shaw’s supermarket, Verizon and other businesses in the Barrington Business Association, said Deb Perugini, project coordinator for The BAY Team.
“They will be given out for free for as long as the supply lasts,” she said.
The BAY Team is a community coalition made-up of local businesses, parents, teachers, youth, religious leaders, law enforcement and other community members who are all committed to promoting a safe and healthy Barrington.