Kick the Plastic Habit

You already know that when you shop at the farmers market you support natural and chemical-free growing practices and when you buy local you plow your dollars back into the local economy. Our goal in 2016 is to take steps to help the environment as well.

On July 1st we will officially “Kick the Plastic Habit”! But, starting on opening day, we will begin reducing the amount of single-use plastic at the BRFM as well as providing opportunities for customers to be part of the effort. Here’s the plan…

REDUCE plastic at the Market (May 7 / July 1)

  • Wooden baskets will be provided for gathering produce to purchase. (May 7 )
  • Beverages at the Market will be offered without plastic straws. ( May 7 )
  • Vendors will no longer supply plastic shopping bags at their booths. ( July 1 )
  • Plastic straws will no longer be available for beverages at the Market. ( July 1 )

REUSE bags and other items (May 7)

  • Bring your own re-usable shopping bag(s) every week.
  • Purchase re-usable insulated bags from the BRVA at the info booth. 
  • Bring re-usable containers from home for delicate items like berries. 
  • Donate clean re-usable bags for those who forgot to bring theirs. 

RECYCLE plastic and other recyclables (May 7)

  • A new recycling booth will be located next to the BRFM info booth. 
  • Volunteers from local groups will man the booth to facilitate recycling.
  • Trash barrels will be covered and signs will direct you to the recycling.
  • Information will be available on how to recycle at home and on the go. 

Join us in our effort to “Kick the Plastic Habit” for a healthier environment!

Check out our new Recycling Booth at the Market!

Want More?

Find out about the impact of plastic on the planet and how you can help:

Are Plastic Grocery Bags Sacking the Environment?

An article from National Geographic that explores the environmental impact of plastic bag use.

Reducing Disposable Bag Pollution
An article explaining how disposable bags cause pollution and what is being done to reduce the problem.

The Environmental Impacts of Plastic Bag Use
 A list of the negative environmental impacts of using plastic bags.

Marine Debris Impacts
An overview of the impact of marine debris on the environment from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling Plastic Bags and Wrap
A page that provides education on what can be down to reduce plastic bag use and increase recycling.

Environmental Impact of Plastic Bag
A graphic that explains the life cycle of a plastic bag and its impact on the environment.

The Plastic Bag Problem
An article that provides information on the issue of plastic bags, and how people can reduce use and recycle.

Plastics in our Oceans
A page that explores the increasingly harmful issue of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Polymers are Forever
Plastics are polymers, and this article explains how plastic does not break down, causing major environmental issues.

Plastics in the Ocean Affecting Human Health
Information from a case study that explored how plastic in the ocean is affecting the health of humans.