Did you know that you can recycle your shopping bags and they can be reused as is? Egan Junior High eighth-grade students, Nimisha Pattada, Noelani Kawakami and Elizabeth Li asked their friends and family and learned that most people weren’t aware of that.
Nearly every store uses shopping bags but most people didn’t know where they could be recycled or who would reuse these bags.
Egan eighth-graders were assigned a science project that involvedÂ coming up with a new green idea. Nimisha, a volunteer at the American Cancer Society Discovery Store in Los Gatos, had seen that the store was open to reusing shopping bags but noticed the store did not get many shopping bag donations from the community.
Did people know about this? Here was an idea that was not only green but also saved money for cancer research because the store didn’t have to spend money on new bags. Nimisha shared her findings with her teammates. The team did a quick survey of friends and found out that most people did not know that the shopping bags could be recycled/reused.
They decided to spread the word to friends/family/community about their new 3 R’s Reduce, Recycle and Reuse concept and encourage them to start recycling shopping bags.
Theresa Radzinsky and Judith Fishwick, managers of the Discovery shop in Los Gatos welcomed the student project.
“Great idea, we will definitely incorporate the use of the bags in the shop,” they said. “Good thinking, we congratulate you on your ingenuity regarding the inclusion of the shop in your project and saving us money in the cost of bags.”
“I was amazed at the overwhelming response I received from family, friends, friends of friends, colleagues of my parents, etc.,” Pattada said. “In just couple of weeks our garage was getting filled with shopping bags.”
The team has collected more than 1,000 bags in the couple of months and has donated the bags to the American Cancer Society Discovery store in Los Gatos.
Do you having shopping bags that need to be recycled? You can drop off paper shopping bags and any other donations anytime at any of the American Cancer Society stores. For more information, visit www.cancer.org/InYourArea/California/ProgramsandServices/discovery-shop-california.
Priya Pattada is Nimisha’s mother.