Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Blue Avocado Brings Boon to Bag Ladies and a Brush With Schlumpy

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 6:26 AM

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The most fashionable carry-along in the Green Hills Hill Center--since YN departed with its eco-chic cardboard wine 6-packs--just might be the Blue Avocado shopping bag, now available at Whole Foods. Founded by "two mompreneurs and a hip little green maven" in Austin, Texas, Blue Avocado aims to reduce the waste associated with disposable grocery bags.

The $29.99 Blue Avocado gro-pak starter kit comes with three bags (made of post-consumer material), including one insulated bag for refrigerated goods. (This good-looking tote also make a great picnic cooler.)

Blue Avocado projects that the starter kit can save three disposable bags per shopping trip. That's more than 200 bags a year, which equates to a lot of landfill.

Just how much landfill, specifically? Well, that's a hard amount to visualize, which is why Schlumpy, the silently sinister 8-foot ball of wadded-up grocery bags in the above video, will be coming to Whole Foods in Green Hills 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25. The founders of Blue Avocado will also be on hand demonstrating their gro-pak system

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