Maine Audubon Joins BYOB Challenge and Offers ‘Green’ Grocery Bag as New Membership BenefitApril 21, 2008 - TRCJust in time for a statewide Earth Day initiative to cut the use of plastic grocery bags in half, Maine Audubon announces that it is offering a 100-percent recycled grocery bag to new members. These durable, washable bags are produced in the United States and are made completely from recycled bottles. “When the clerk asks, ‘paper or plastic?’ the green thing to do is to say, ‘neither,’” said Linda Shary, Maine Audubon membership director. “More and more people are choosing alternatives to disposable bags. With a Maine Audubon grocery bag you’re reducing waste and supporting wildlife conservation in Maine.” The new Maine Audubon bags support a statewide challenge to “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Bag) to the grocery store. Sponsored by Rep. Ted Koffman of Bar Harbor, a resolution in the Maine Legislature sets a goal of cutting plastic bag use across the state in half by Earth Day on April 22. About 10 percent of Mainers currently use reusable grocery bags, Koffman said, with that number climbing steadily in recent years. His long-term goal is to have 90 percent of Mainers using reusable bags by the end of 2009. “I’m proud of Maine citizens who have consistently supported commonsense conservation measures to protect public health and wildlife,” said Koffman. The Maine Audubon grocery bag is offered until May 31 to new members joining at any level or to renewing members upgrading their membership. Maine Audubon is also offering a fleece blanket for members at the $100 level, a hand-cranked, eco-friendly flashlight at the $250 level and two cruise tickets to see midcoast Maine’s Atlantic puffins at the $500 level. All members of Maine Audubon receive Habitat, a quarterly publication with news about wildlife issues in Maine; year-round discounts on programs, trips, camps and at our Nature Stores; timely updates and listings of our programs; action alerts about conservation issues; membership in national Audubon; and invitations to join local Audubon chapters across Maine. Membership in Maine Audubon also supports the work of the state’s largest wildlife conservation group. For information on becoming a member of Maine Audubon, visit www.maineaudubon.org, or call (207) 781-2330, ext. 233. MAINE AUDUBON works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action. Contact: Andrew Colvin, (207) 781-2330, ext. 241NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.