Wednesday, March 5, 2008

from flags to bags

Coolio! And yet ANOTHER reason why I love Vancouver so much... the Commercial Drive district of Vancouver, BC beckons Vancouverites and out-of-towners to it's cool strip of fashion boutiques and yummy eateries by flying eye-catching flags and banners along the drive every year. Realizing the imcredible amount of waste this causes when it comes time to toss the old flags and bring in new ones, the Commercial Drive Business Society has decided to turn the used flags into reusable shopping bags - the sales of which go towards the creation of new green spaces in the area. Awesome! Love it! Love Vancouver! Go baby go! You rock! (Wow - that's a lot of enthusiasm for 7:45am - maybe it has something to do with the ice storm taking place outside my Ottawa windows right now). Yes Vancouver, I miss you. Find out more about the initiative and the ecological damage it's avoiding by the 'flags to bags' project here.

3 comments:

Ian said...

Jawcey, love your take on Vancouver and, more specifically, on the Drive and really love your response to the banner bags. They were my brainchild and the support we've had from Dream Designs – the manufacturer and from the merchants who are selling the bags is fantastic! They love the whole program and are eager to support it. Response from the public has been equally great. I really believe we can all rethink how we've 'always done it' and come up with some new workable solutions.

jawcey said...

Hi Ian - thanks for commenting! GREAT brainchild! Keep up the awesome work :)

DawnMarie said...

There is a person in San Fran who uses banners and signs to make items also. Just to add another green product if someone is interested in a US site also. I am not near Vancouver so I cannot go to any of the shops and it does not look like they ship. I love the concept.

http://www.jennyhurth.com/home-new.html

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