Reduce your reliance on single-use disposable products and packaging.

Help Greenpeace stop single-use plastic in Grocery Stores by completing this Survey.

For Local Businesses – Many businesses are already leaders and are setting examples towards more sustainable practices.  We applaud you and encourage you. Let us know if you would like to be added to our list of supporting businesses. If your business wishes to participate in the Chaffee Green Initiative, email Karen Lundberg in Salida, or in Buena Vista.

If you are need more ideas or are new to all of this, here are a few ideas that you can consider:

  • Ask customers if they even need a bag or if their purchases can just be carried out or put in a bag they already have, rather than automatically putting items in bags.
  • Phase out plastics, Styrofoam and one use items.
  • Use paper bags, take-out containers that can be recycled and give out straws only when they are requested or have alternatives or eliminate.
  • Recycle if you are not already.
  • Eliminate single use products as much as possible.

Reusable Bag Initiative

Both Buena Vista and Salida have reusable bag initiatives.  These programs make reusable bags freely available to the public in a variety of locations. Look for them in short term rentals, City Market in Buena Vista and many local businesses.

A huge thank you to the local sponsors of the Single Use Reduce team: Maartje Mass-Potterton, Kathy Hoerlein, & Laurie Stiles. More information here on why the best reusable bags are made from polyester.

Create T-Shirt Bags

Re-usable bags can be created from t-shirts.  You may have seen these in the foyer of City Market in BV.  If you would like to make more of these here are instructions:

T-shirts being made into reusable bags by a Salida resident – Penny Wilkin, donated by Free the Monkey. Distribution by Karen Lundberg

Making/collecting alternative bags

Pet Food and large animal Feed Bags being made into reusable bags by the Buena Vista Rotary – lead contact person: Cara Reano
Where to DROP OFF Feed Bags:
  • Gone to the Dogs – 235 W Rainbow Blvd,
  • Serving Slabs – 9996 US-50
  • Gone to the Dogs – 300 East Main
  • Humane Society – 701 Gregg Drive