Little Free Bag Exchange





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Soldotna, AK

Total Budget: $2,310

Areas of Focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Maternal and child health, Economic and community development

Activity Type: Community Development: General

Summary: Community bag exchange stations in local stores to help and encourage residents to use reusable grocery bags.

Problem: Single use plastic bags are bad for the health of our planet. Additionally, they are bad for humans. The chemicals in them can cause multiple health problems ranging from cancer and endometriosis to neurological damage and child developmental disorders. They also present expensive cleanup and management challenges to our communities. Starting November 1, 2018, Soldotna stores will no longer provide single use plastic bags to their customers. It can often be challenging for customers to get used to bringing their own bags to the grocery store which can lead to frustration and even local conflict.

Solution: Our club wants to make it easier for businesses and their customers to get in the habit of using reusable bags, thereby improving the health of our community and planet, while avoiding any unnecessary conflict. Our solution to this problem is to set up "Little Free Bag Exchanges" at local stores. These exchanges will consist of a wire bin, initially stocked with up to 500 reusable bags. A sign attached to it will instruct people "For your convenience: Take a bag, leave a bag." I have discussed the idea of a bag exchange with various community groups and individuals who think it is a good idea. We have also talked to local store managers who have given us positive feedback.

Timeline: If funds are granted, we will order the bags, bins, and signs in August 2018 and install the exchanges in our two local grocery stores by September 29, 2018. Club members will set up the exchanges on site, working in partnership with store management.

Funding Explanation:

2 signs, $62.50 each, total: $125.00

2 bins, $100 each, total: $200.00

1000 reusable grocery bags, $1.83 each plus $55 set up fee and estimated $100 shipping, total: $1,985.00

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Kenai River-Soldotna

Primary Contact: Rachel Nash

Email: rknash10@gmail.com

Project Status

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Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Rachel Nash.


by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Charlotte G Tharp

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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