Seattle, WA Facing Tax on Each Disposable Plastic Bag Used

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In Response, Green Benefits Promotes Use of Reusable Bags with Fundraising Programs

Green Benefits, a local Seattle green products company, is responding positively to the City of Seattle's Referendum No. 1 with community fund raising programs. If passed, the referendum will require shoppers to pay a 20-cent tax on every disposable paper or plastic bag they take home from retail and grocery outlets. The money collected is slated to be used for retail expenses, as well as landfill reduction and recycling programs. In light of the current economy that has families struggling with debt, job loss and ultra tight budgets, there is a great deal of controversy surrounding this proposal.

"The City of Seattle's bag tax raises awareness, which is a basic tenet of our company," said John Hamlin, co-founder of Green Benefits. "Our response to the referendum is to take a positive approach and raise awareness by reaching out to youth, parents and community organizations through proactive programs."

Through simple, but powerful fund raising programs, Green Benefits provides a positive approach to reducing plastic bag usage. Called Eco-Raising, the company works with schools around the country to not only raise funds, but elevate the environmental awareness of students, families and communities through the sale of their bags and other green products. Since its inception in 2008, the program has been quite successful; in fact, some schools have sold from several hundred to 600 bags during a single fund raising period.

Green Benefits is promoting their eco-friendly reusable shopping bags, which are made from non-woven polypropylene, a recyclable and biodegradable material. They also sell totes made from 100% raw cotton canvas and PET recycled plastic. All of their high-quality bags are designed to be used and reused indefinitely, easily stored and customized with any name or logo.

"We know that school fund raising is critical to the continuation of certain programs, and we think ours is one of the most creative and meaningful ways to contribute," said Hamlin. "Selling our products not only supplies the school with much needed capital, but it promotes a positive approach to dealing with environmental issues. It also provides significant teaching opportunities."

About Green Benefits
Green Benefits, headquartered in Seattle, WA, was started by business professionals John Hamlin and Derek Van Dyke, who understood that the need for environmental sustainability is a sound strategy for individuals, businesses and groups of any size. The primary goal of the company, founded in 2007, is to make it simpler for people to make "green" decisions and influence those around them. The team at Green Benefits strives to provide information that generates a higher level of understanding of the issues and the multitude of ways to foster a migration to greener habits. They promote sustainable practices that enable change and they organize socially responsible fund raising programs. For more detailed information about the company, visit http://www.greenbenefits.net/.

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