Sunday, January 10, 2010

Brown Bag it Everyday!

It seems like every month there are signals of progress East of the River. Just recently the 5 cent plastic big fee was passed by the City DC Council beating out other tree hugger cities like Portland's attempt at eliminating plastic bags!

Four cents go to clean up the Anacostia River and 1 cent to the business owner. I jumped on board 2-3 months ago by sporting my chic khaki cloth colored bag. I get lots of jealous stares at my workplace, on the metro and even in bougie shopping spots like the West End Trader Joes.

I am always proud to sport my Protect the Anacostia resusable bag and then to back it up by sharing that I bike, run and, ehem, drink boiled tap water from the Anacostia River.

Anyway, this is a big step in the right direction, it may take a while for people to catch on but a lot longer for our Anacostia River to be the jewel that it once was.

So get on board and rock your Protect the Anacostia bag or head on over to Giant with a 2010-style Skip the Bag, Save the River!


Candace said...

I always forget my bag! That's the problem. :) But I'm happy that we're going bagless & I believe it will have a great effect on the Anacostia.


faithfulservant3 said...


For those interested inthe environment and healthy lifestyles we promote growing some of your own food. This upcominf forum investigates all aspects of this.

I am the outreach coordinator for a conference called Rooting DC. This is an all-day FREE event scheduled for February 20th. It will be at the Historical Society of Washington; convenient to the Convention Center (green line) and Gallery Place (red line) stops.

Here is a more detailed description of the event:

• In its third year, Rooting DC promotes gardening as a low-cost way to provide food for families, particularly in areas where fresh, affordable food is hard to come by because of a lack of supermarkets (such as East of the River). Plus, healthy diets are good for your body and for the planet.

• This year we are excited to be focusing on Food Production, Distribution, Preparation and Preservation. One workshop track will focus on teaching how to teach gardening to kids and will be led by experienced professionals from the Washington Youth Garden and City Blossoms. There will also be presentations that touch on growing ethnic foods from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, nutrition, food demos, basic gardening and urban agriculture, and emergency food resources. Some workshops will be in Spanish.

• The keynote speakers include Joe Nasr (one of the “founding fathers” of urban agriculture) and Robert Egger (DC Central Kitchen). There will also be a presentation from Tony Cohen of the Historic Button Farm at Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland. This incredibly unique facility has an “Underground Railroad Immersion Experience.”

On behalf of Rooting DC and the America the Beautiful Fund, we hope that you will assist us in these outreach efforts by distributing the flyer to your friends and networks, particularly East of the River. For more info contact me,

Carl Rollins
Farm Coordinator
Common Good City Farm