Freight House Farmers’ Market looks to reduce plastic bags
Bag Reduction Program for 2019 is a multi-pronged approach to encourage sustainable options

FHFM is taking a few more steps toward sustainability at one of the Quad Cities most loved events. The 2019 season of the Freight House Farmers’ Market will include a new “bag reduction” initiative with the aim of curbing the use of single-use plastic bags at the Market.

While not outright banning the use of plastic bags, the Market and its partners will offer several sustainable options to environmentally conscious shoppers on Saturday mornings. The effort will include a “bag share” in which customers can borrow a multiuse bag, reusable bag sales that support the Market and can be brought each week by regular customers, Reusable market bag distribution supported by sponsors, and making recycled bags available and other creative ideas like t-shirt bag craft events.

We’ll offer as many alternatives to single-use disposable plastic bags as possible, the ultimate effect of which could ultimately be a voluntary reduction to zero of plastic bags. We don’t want to burden vendors or shoppers, but we do want to support their civic initiative as far as they’re willing.”

Bag reduction Initiatives for 2019: How can you help reduce single-use plastic at the Market?

Freight House Farmers’ Market will provide a supply of reusable Market bags provided by our Green Initiative Partner.

As an eco-friendlier alternative to single-use plastic, the Market will provide handled, reusable market bags to shoppers. Market sponsor will provide patrons with 2,500 bags free to support the Markets’ plastic reduction goal.

Through customer donations, the Market will be a drop-off site for used market bags (that are likely collecting in your closet or car trunk right now). Clean, sound bags will be available to shoppers free of charge. Pay in forward and return for another shopper next week.

T-shirts can be fashioned into simple shopping bags quickly and without sewing, using just a pair of scissors! Local crafters and other non-profit partners can volunteer to host a “t-shirt bag craft” activity every weekend at the Market. Shoppers can purchase ready-made t-shirt bags, bring their own t-shirts for recycling, or join the fun in turning their own cast-off garments into reusable shopping bags.

“Roughly 10,000 people visit the Freight House Farmers’ Market each week from May through October. Even one throwaway plastic bag per person adds a lot of trash to the waste stream. This is about changing the culture at the Market and helping make it easy for people to make a more sustainable choice while at the FHFM.

Every year FHFM hopes to take another step toward greening up our activities and this is such a great initiative to get us started. Together we make great changes happen.