This is so brilliant, it makes me warm and fuzzy all over. Almost annually Vancouver's Commercial Drive Business Society prints 256 32" x 60" nylon street banners to create a festive, colourful atmosphere for the unique shopping neighbourhood. Eventually each edition of these unique designs must be retired and taken down. The society has come up with a very green idea â€” transform them into reusable nylon shopping bags. The shopping bags have nice, long handles so you can conveniently carry them on your shoulder. They are available in 2 sizes ($9.95 & $14.95) and ten different colours. Proceeds from the sale of the shopping bags are donated to the development of new green spaces in the neighbourhood. So much green-ness!
By the simple act of converting two years worth of old banners rather than using new nylon fabric, this neighbourhood has avoided 7,059 pounds or 3.53 tons of CO2 emissions, avoided sending 128 kg (281.6 lb) of nylon to the landfill, saved 25,456,640 BTUs of energy â€“ enough to provide electricity to an average Vancouver home for over 10 months, freed up 543 trees to capture and store CO2 from other sources for a full year, and collected donations to help the environment!