(Nov. 2007) City CarShare Supports San Francisco Bag Ban by Offering Shared Grocery Bags in Its Fleet

(San Francisco, November 28, 2007) City CarShare, the Bay Area’s non-profit, community-based car sharing service, is supporting San Francisco’s new ban on plastic grocery bags by placing sturdy, reusable cloth bags in its vehicles. Members are encouraged to “Share the Car, Share the Bag” by using the bags while shopping and, then, returning the shared bags to any City CarShare car, putting them back into circulation. 

“Helping to improve the environment and quality of life in the Bay Area requires visionary leadership, and we applaud the City of San Francisco for championing the ban on plastic bags”, commented City CarShare CEO Rick Hutchinson. “Sharing saves resources so providing easy access to eco-friendly, reusable bags in our shared vehicles makes sense. As our members are finding, sharing is not only good for the environment, but it builds a real sense of community, as well.” 

Data from the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the Worldwatch Institute state that about 180 million plastic shopping bags are distributed in San Francisco each year. Approximately 774,000 gallons of oil are needed to produce these non-degradable bags. City CarShare bags are reusable and free to share by members. 

“I commend City CarShare as one of the leading organizations in San Francisco that demonstrates how we can change our lifestyle to better our communities. By placing reusable grocery bags in their entire fleet, they are making it easy for their members to make a smooth transition into an important new era. Once again, City CarShare is demonstrating that it is committed to a mission shared by all of us — cleaner, healthier, more livable communities”, said San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in response to the program. 

The “Share the Car, Share the Bag” program is initially available in San Francisco, but will be expanded to other Bay Area communities in the near future. At least three cloth bags have been placed in each car. After members are done using the bags, they may return it to their current vehicle — or to any other City CarShare vehicle — at a later time. City CarShare will replace bags in cars as needed. 

City CarShare is the oldest non-profit car-sharing organization in the United States, serving over 15,000 members since it was launched in 2001. A cheaper, greener way to drive, City CarShare members will help save 15 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions this year. Offering a choice of hybrids, compacts, pick-up trucks, and stylish Mini Coopers to its individual and business members, City CarShare offers 230+ vehicles in more than 110 Bay Area locations. For more information, and to become a member, visit citycarshare.org or call (415) 998-8588. 

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Anita Daley 

City CarShare 
415-995-8588 x317