Join the Reusables Revolution: It's Fun and Easy!

Sanem's rewards customers for making green choices.

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By Christina Pippin

Local Shopping & Fashion Blogger

It’s another Green Monday here at the Shopping and Fashion Blog! Previously, artful and stylish reusable bags were featured - all sold by independent retailers here in town. Today, we have more great green news! A local women's boutique is taking a stellar step towards a better tomorrow.

I recently came across the following verbiage while perusing a green website, ReuseIt.com: “You can reverse the trend. Join the reusables revolution. Make a big impact. Take action.” The site is referring to the negative impact of disposable bags.

I’ve often thought about handing out free reusable bags to customers at the grocery store. I don’t usually speak in morale boosting phrases, but if I did, I might choose one of the above. I’d flash my pearly whites and cantillate, “Eliminate disposable, single-use plastic bags! Together we can make a difference!” Hmm…maybe not the best way to go about it, but we can dream, right?

Just the other day, I found out that one of Oak Park’s very own shops is taking a giant step towards creating a greener Oak Park. Sanem D'Angelo, of Sanem’s boutique (134 N. Oak Park Avenue), has found reusable canvas totes that she will be introducing in lieu of paper sacs at her shop.

Sanem shares, “I'm taking steps in going green for the boutique. The totes are made of recycled canvas and will carry the shop logo.”

Women can buy a tote for $20, and each time they visit Sanem’s with the bag they will receive 5% off their purchase. Wow. Now, there’s a wonderful incentive to care for Mother Earth, if I ever heard one.

Environmentally, disposable plastic bags are a serious problem. Single use plastic bags are now consumed at an astounding rate of approximately 1 million per minute. These bags often wind up in waterways or the landscape, eventually degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits, according to ReuseIt.com. Paper bags are not the answer, since independent studies show they have roughly as many negative impacts as plastic bags.

With this in mind, I am heartened by the wonderful progress of local shops that are not waiting for someone else to do the right thing, but making decisions and taking steps to create a brighter today, right here, right now. You say you want a revolution? Well, we have to start somewhere, and I'm so glad it's starting right here in Oak Park. 

Visit www.sanems.com for fun fashion tips from Sanem!

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