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'EZ Green' Bag Aims to Combat Waste
By Marian Bond
Concerns for the pollution of the environment caused by disposal of plastic debris in landfills and damage to bird species carrying such debris in their stomachs, spurred two-year Reno resident Debra Ward to develop a reusable grocery bag.
Ward has copyrighted her product, which is available from EZGrocerybag.com, and has a U.S. patent pending.
Ward's "green" bag, which sells for $11.99, is made of a 80% recycled post consumer material (PET). PET is more expensive than the non-woven polypropylene bags which are oil based, but as far as the environment goes, it’s worth it. The bags are manufactured in Thailand and are available at EcoReno at California Street by Starbucks or you can purchase online at EZGrocerybag.com.
The bag is 13 inches wide and 11 inches tall, with a handle and two pockets. When rolled up, the bag is a compact 8 inches long and 2 inches wide. Currently, Ward offers one size, but she plans to offer a smaller version soon.
The bag became available in October and is distributed by CSG Direct, a local company that stocks the product and fills orders.
Customers who have visited the Web site frequently order two or three additional bags for grocery shopping and other things.
Ward said that the bag comes with a 100 percent, one-year money-back guarantee. For corporate customers, it can be produced with a logo and in any desired color.
EZGrocery Bag was recently honored by Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology with a "Green Company of the Year" award, sharing the recognition with Itronics Metallurgical Inc.
Dave Archer, CEO of NCET, said that at the inaugural award ceremony in October, they were pleased to honor two scales of companies, Ward's being that of a single person doing interesting things, but on a small scale. NCET is a spinoff of Nevada Commission on Economic Community Development and is now a standalone 501 C3 nonprofit devoted to helping Nevada business statewide.
The entrepreneur and environmentalist will take her concerns about plastics in the landfills to the Reno City Council this month to point out the issues and opportunities to deal with related problems. Ward's position is that any bags offered by local retailers should be reusable, and retail and grocery store chains should be rewarded by banning free plastic bags.
EZGrocerybags are only available on the Web site and at Ben's Fine Wine & Spirits in south Reno, but she does hope to eventually place them with other local retail outlets.
"My first order arrived in time for the city of Reno's 2008 Green Summit, and the bag sold out," Ward said. "Mayor Bob Cashell bought four and encouraged others to reuse more and waste less."