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Kudo's To Lowes' . . . Going GREENER

 

Kudo’s To Lowes’ . . . Going GREENER

 

Okay, I’m excited! Most will think I have totally flipped to be excited about this, but I am. This weekend I was in Lowes Home Improvement and saw that they are trying to go GREENER. They now offer reusable shopping bags and they are quality ones at that.  

Lowes Bag

 

Lowes originally was started in North Wilkesboro, NC but has since moved to Mooresville, NC. It is really nice to see companies seeing the importance of trying to get away from the use of plastic shopping bags.

 

Seeing turtles dying from mistakenly eating plastic bags is all it took for me. Since then 95% of the time we take our own reusable shopping bags when we shop. The other 5% we mistakenly forget them and either purchase more bags or carry the items out to the car.  

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Teresa Harris is a Lake Norman Residential Real Estate Broker who can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in Lake Norman and surrounding counties. Please visit www.TeresaMHarris.com for your relocation and/or your local needs.

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Comment balloon 30 commentsTeresa Harris • August 11 2008 11:25PM

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Good for Lowes.  I try not to use bags if possible.  I am always amazed at the amount of packaging that used for products and it's nice to see companies cutting that back.

Posted by Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate (Keller Williams Boise) almost 9 years ago

Anything to be greener Teresa. It all helps.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

It is always nice when you can find a box if you forget your bag.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I have some great reusable bags from Costco. They hold a ton of stuff too. The bummer is that I tend to keep them in the trunk of the van and forget them when I go into a store. If I do that at Costco, I always just put it in the cart and load the bags when I get to the car. I am REALLY working on getting in the habit of bringing the bags in with me. Many of our local stores have cans for recycling old plastic bags which is better than throwing them away.

How much is Lowe's charging for their bags?  It would be great to see stores give one away for every $100 or so that you spend with them (after all, it is advertising for them since their name and logo are on them). Costco charges around $4 for 3 big bags. I know that some counties here in WA state are going to start charging $0.20 per plastic bag that you use. I believe that will start after the 1st of the year.

Posted by Libby Cousins, Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA (Extraordinary Processing) almost 9 years ago

Teresa - I think it's a great idea and there are other stores following a trend. When I was in South East Asia there were plastic bags all over the country, mostly outside the city. Reason being, these people don't have the trash man come and pick up there trash. These people live in grass shakes with no windows of floors in there homes.

Plastic bags should have never, never been brought to any countries that don't have garbage dumbs.

Love the post!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 9 years ago

Boy have they got you guys all duped.  The move was a closed door decision to garner goodwill, not go greener... it seems like it's working based on everyone's posts.

Posted by Cameron Novak, Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team (The Homefinding Center) almost 9 years ago

I don't think you have totally flipped - I think it is GREAT!  Almost all of the stores here offer the same. 

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) almost 9 years ago

Brian: Thanks for coming by! Thanks for doing your part too. Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Gary: Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it all helps! Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Sabrina: Thanks for stopping by! That is so true. Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Libby: Thanks for stopping by! I know these bags hold a lot more than the plastic ones. Plus, your things don't get so messed-up and they are just plain easier to handle too. I have done the same thing too, forgetting them and trying to make do until I get to the car. Yes, a few of our stores have the recycling old plastic bag cans too, but I have to tell you, it was getting so that when I went grocery shopping and came home to put things up the amount of bags I had and the size of the ball was ridiculous. Take this times the average amount of people and that is A LOT (TOO MUCH).

You know before I started using them I really thought that I would be throwing them away at times because of leaking things (like meats, etc.) or that they would just wear out quick. But I haven't had anything to happen to any of them. They are more durable then one would think. Guess what, I haven't had one to get a hole in either!  

Lowe's charges 98 cents. Yep, I think that would be great too. You know it just boils down to that we are going to have to do something and stores are too.

Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Robert: Thanks for stopping by too! Thanks for giving some insight on what happens to these too. Hopefully, people will start to realize what is happening.

Personally, I am a turtle lover and when I saw what plastic was doing to them it just touched me. I don't like what those plastic drink holders are doing to wildlife either. I really try to cut mine up in hopes that they will not hurt anyone.

Take care, Robert!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Cameron: Thanks for coming by too! It's still a big step in the right direction. Take care!

 

 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Leesa: Thanks for coming by Girl! I am glad to see a trend here. Take care.

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Great to see more than just grocery stores doing this.  It boggles my mind why some people are so against the discontinuing of plastic bags.

Posted by -- Casey Brischle, Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional (Columbia Bank) almost 9 years ago

I am glad to see some of the large home supply stores like Lowes and Home Depot making moves that are ecologically friendly. Home Depot did a great thing with offering to recycle CFLs in their stores. Lowes is doing a good thing by encouraging buyers not to use plastic bags. I have seen some questioning of stores motives in doing these things. I am sure there are some business decisions coming into the choice of going green. That being said, I think it is a good thing to take these steps if the store's actions are generally good for the environment. I think encouraging reusable bags is generally a good thing.

Posted by Pete Jalbert, R(S) (The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. ) almost 9 years ago

Casey: Thanks for coming by! Every little bit helps.. Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Pete: Thanks for stopping by and your comments. I feel that it is important for us to do what we can especially concerning plastic bags because we do have an alternative. Take care! 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Teresa, That's great news.. My hubby and I are in and out of Lowe's all the time.. I have not seen the bags yet but will be on the look out.. God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging almost 9 years ago

Cheryl: Thanks for coming by! Yes, look for them when you get there they are the good ones like Harris Teeter has. Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Reusable bags are great- but Id really like to see Lowes and Home Depot alike start offering more green building supplies. Atleast in the stores in my area- I cannot buy a kitchen cabinet from either ' made with sustainably grown woods- like bamboo or wheatboard. Also- I cant buy a cabinet from them that is formaldehyde free. I cant buy a tile made from recycled glass...etc etc etc. They do both offer a No VOC paint now. They are getting better and as the demand for these products increase Im sure they will offer them. But offering the products will help to create that demand.

Posted by Mike Hogan, MBA (The Hogan Group at Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Mike: Thanks for stopping by! Yes, you are so right as the demand increases they will start to offer more products, but when you need them now it really makes it tough. Take Care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

I always like Lowes better.  One more reason.  Thank you Pat

Posted by Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Holliston, Massachusetts (Realty Executives Boston West) almost 9 years ago

Nice to see that the larger stores are getting with the program. 

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 9 years ago

Nice to see a big retailer like Lowe's implementing this. Sure it's a great marketing move to encourage repeat visits, but it also makes a positive and responsible statement about the environment -- and more and more consumers are indicating a preference toward green alternatives.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 9 years ago

I like to mess with all of them and carry my Idea bag into Lowe's.

Posted by Virginia Tatseos (Stage-Show-Sell) almost 9 years ago

Pat: Thanks for stopping by! We like Lowe's here because it is a North Carolina company. I personally like supporting local companies and if not local AMERICAN! Take care!!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Georgina: Thanks for stopping by! Ditto's here too! Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

John: Thanks for stopping by too! You are so correct! Take Care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Virginia: Thanks for coming by! That's COOL! Take Care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

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