Plastic Bag Ban & The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

 

A note from the President/CEO:

Chamber Friends,

Tomorrow, February 7, Haverhill’s decision to ban the use of plastic bags goes into effect.

We have a plan to purchase 1,500 bags and we will be handing them out in the coming days at local Market Baskets.  We’re inviting interested and supporting members of our Chamber to help sponsor this initiative.  Participating businesses will get their logo printed on the reusable bags. If you are considering sponsoring this initiative can you let us know by this Friday (the 8th).

We’ve got three levels of sponsorship:

Biggest sponsor:
$1,000 (one available)

Bigger Sponsor:
$500

Big Sponsor:
$250

A bit more about our thinking on this…

We recognize that this ban on plastic will add some short term cost and complexity to members of the community and we hope that this gesture makes the transition just a bit easier for some.  More importantly, we want to send a message of support for the move to using reusable products – including bags for shopping.  If you put aside the environmental argument for just a moment, there’s an economic one that we believe is just as valid.  Bans on plastic bags is a trend we’re seeing in forward thinking cities across the U.S.  Younger generations are demanding these policy changes in their communities.  If Haverhill is to compete for top talent, measures like a switch from disposable plastic to reusable products is one important signal that Haverhill is a place whose values match current trends.

Dougan
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Dougan Sherwood / President / Greater Haverhill Chamber
c 617-223-7971

 

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