While looking for Earth Day Resources this week I came upon this East Valley Tribune, AZ article, Girl wins project grant to cut waste with canvas bags by Tammy Krikorian. I was delighted when I read that eleven year old Sammi Goldfeld had recently received $1,000 grant to launch her project “Reusable Bags: A Simple Pollution Solution”. I remembered Sammi from an interview I did with her Mom, Anne Goldfeld about their Phoenix Area Roots & Shoots in the May-June 2006 Issue of Home Education Magazine.
Ms. Krikorian reports in the Tribune article:
- The project emphasizes the use of reusable shopping bags as a way to reduce waste.
- “My family has carried our own cloth shopping bags for as long as I can remember,” Sammi said in a news release. “We took out a calculator one day and figured out that we save about 800 disposable bags from landfills each year by shopping with reusable bags. Then we got to thinking about what that number would look like if everyone carried cloth bags.” As part of the project, Sammi will give out canvas bags and educate people.
- Anne Goldfeld said paper bags are not much better than plastic. As part of Sammi’s project they made a display that explains the pros and cons of both.” The best thing is not to create waste at all,” Goldfeld said. “If we keep doing that, we’re going to end up living on top of a landfill,” Sammi said. “It’s going to be everywhere.”
For information on Roots and Shoots, visit www.phoenixrootsandshoots.org., Tribune
Congratulations Sammi and the Phoenix Area Roots and Shoots! Your work is a shining example to us all!
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