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Bring reusable bags, mugs to help Emory Farmers Market reduce waste

Emory Report | Aug. 29, 2016

Shoppers at the Emory Farmers Market are encouraged to bring their reusable bags and even coffee mugs while picking up fresh and organic produce, drinks, breads, honey, snacks and more.

The market is open on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cox Hall Bridge, weather permitting.

This fall, the market is working in partnership with its vendors to reduce waste by cutting down on the need for disposable items. For a limited time, customers will have the option to collect a free, reusable bag when they make a purchase from a vendor.

Vendors like Blue Donkey Coffee will also offer a discount for those using reusable cups.

In addition to cutting down on waste, reusable bags will help customers save money. When possible, vendors will replace plastic bags and products with paper products, which can be put into the composting bins on campus. However, paper bags are more expensive, and customers who request them may be charged a small fee for the bags.

When an alternative to plastic is not available, recycling information will be on hand for customers to use when disposing of the materials.

Emory Farmers Market is encouraging customers to respond to this effort through an online survey.