Earth Fare Draws the Line – Paper and Plastic are On the Way Out!

From April 6 to June 6, 2009 – Proceeds from the Choose or Reuse Program at the Charleston or Columbia Stores will Benefit the South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

Fletcher, NC | April 05, 2009

This April, Earth Fare, The Healthy Supermarket, is rolling out a new program designed to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags used in its stores. The new Choose or Reuse™ program, along with the current Friend of Earth Fare bag program, will support local community organizations that are actively improving their environment.

To Choose or Reuse™? Every time a customer CHOOSES to take a new plastic or paper bag, they are asked to donate 5¢ to one of two organizations. These organizations work with either clean energy or conservation and are actively improving the environment in their respective community.

When a customer REUSES a bag or box, they are supporting the award winning Friend of Earth Fare program. For each reused bag, Earth Fare donates 5¢ to a local charity. Those nickels and dimes add up. In 2008, Earth Fare gave over $150k back to the community through this program. That’s over 1.5 million bags reused!

With an estimated 500 billion bags used worldwide each year, customers can feel good about their decision at the checkout. Whether through a donation or bringing their own bags, they are supporting those making a difference in their communities. The choice is yours – choose or reuse?

Earth Fare markets are the premier chain of natural foods supermarkets in the US, having been the first supermarket to ban added trans-fats in 1993 and high fructose corn syrup in 2004. Their strict ingredient philosophy has earned them a loyal following as they continue to grow throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and the southeastern United States. For more information regarding Earth Fare, please visit

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Melinda Ottaviano
(803) 254-9049 x16

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