Local businesses are trying different strategies to cope with the ban on single-use plastic bags that goes into effect in Sag Harbor Village on Monday, June 1.
But Schiavoni’s Market, the village’s IGA grocery store, has come up with an idea that should appeal to their customers’ desire to be green and charitable at the same time while reducing extra fees for them.
Customers who bring their own bags will get a token, valued at 10 cents, which can be deposited at the store and converted into a weekly donation to the Sag Harbor Food Pantry. Customers who use paper bags will be asked to pay a fee of 10 cents, whether they need one bag or 10 bags when they do their shopping.
The store is also offering a variety of bag options. You can buy a heavy duty cotton tote for $8.50, a cotton fishnet bag for $5, or a recycled nylon mesh bag for $1.49.
The store aims to please everybody. Customers who absolutely can’t live without plastic can buy heavy duty reusable plastic bags for 10 cents apiece.