Meet Kristen Brown Inventor of MY ECO Shopping Bag System
Kristen Brown knew at a young age the problems associated with plastic grocery bags. In fact, she spent her defining years training supermarket baggers to use the plastic bag and it was her father, Gordon Dancy who introduced the 40 lbs plastic bag to grocery stores in 1977. Even though according to Brown, he had the best of intentions at the time, today plastic bags have become a symbol of a consumerist society.
Cheap Wedding Dresses
Dancy first introduced plastic bags to grocery stores as a way of decreasing the use of paper bags, which were depleting the world’s forests. After her father retired he developed a company that would take back plastic bags from grocery stores and recycle them. His trials showed Brown that there had to be a better way.
“Sorting plastic bags is difficult because the bags are so light that when air is used to separate them in the sorting machine they blow away or get caught in the machine. It’s a difficult process. And recycling still takes energy. Reuse has always been the more practical way,” says Brown.
She’s parlayed her experience as an environmental consultant for the EPA and her experience as a mom into inventing the most functional reusable bag system possible. She specializes in Pay As You Throw (PAYT), a theory in waste management that she learned when she was working on the manufacturing side of recycling in Europe. PAYT motivates people to produce less waste by charging them for each bag of trash that they throw away.
From Brown’s perspective PAYT along with a viable reusable option like MY ECO Shopping Bag System is the most effective means of impacting Cheap Wedding Dresses waste reduction. She’s designed the bag system around her target market, busy moms.
“As a mother of two, I’m well versed in the needs of our target market. Essentially, the system has four bags that are stored in one contained clutch and fit like a puzzle into the grocery cart when open. The bags can hold over $200 worth of groceries,” she says.
Each bag has a different function, which allows like goods to be packed together. One bag is for glass jars and bottles. The interior pockets prevent glass objects from clanking together. The second bag is insulated to keep chilled and frozen goods cool. The third largest is the green bag for produce, vegetables, and fruit. The largest bag stores oversized groceries like cereal boxes and paper Cheap Wedding Dresses products and then serves as the clutch that holds them altogether. The bags are made of recycled polypropylene (mostly from recycled yogurt containers) so that it won’t absorb and it’s easy to clean. I was lucky enough to try the bag thanks to MY ECO and I have to say it was the most practical system I’ve ever used.
When it comes to changing behavior where better to start than with kids? Cheap Wedding Dresses The School Reuse Challenge empowers kids to help the planet and win supplies for their schools. sells the bag system as a fundraiser in schools. Each school receives $5 for each bag sold and their bag system comes with a UPC code that connects it to its school partner. Every time the bags are reused at a store partner, they’re scanned and the school earns reuse points. At the end of the month these points go towards school supplies. If 100 parents buy and reuse their bags each week that eliminates 100,000 plastic bags. The program could have a serious impact on waste reduction.
Brown is sure that her father would be proud if he were alive today. She represents a true generational shift into a greener way of doing business. In fact, today she trains supermarket baggers to use reusable bags instead of the plastic bags she taught them to use a generation ago.