A Qualicum Beach business owner suggested using the Town of Qualicum Beach’s help and resources to create reusable bags for the town. — Lauren Collins pht

Shop owner hoping Qualicum Beach, businesses fund reusable bags

Jean Young wants to target Qualicum Beach-based businesses

In the wake of the Town of Qualicum Beach looking for feedback on a proposed plastic bag ban, one business owner has suggested businesses work together to supply reusable bags.

Jean Young, owner of Arbutus Fashion and Lifestyle Ltd. in Qualicum Beach, spoke as a delegation at Monday’s (Jan. 29) council meeting.

Young said she has priced reusable bags locally and has found a company that would charge $2 per bag for a minimum of 1,000 bags.

“I figured if I could get 400 businesses and services, it doesn’t have to be retail but just all businesses… We could have on the gusset of the shopping bag their (the businesses’) names.”

RELATED: Qualicum Beach to release plastic bag ban survey

Young said if she could get 400 businesses to support the initiative and donate $50 each, each business would get about 25 reusable $2-bags for their initial $50-investment.

Young also suggested the town council give out a prize for someone locally to design a logo for the bags.

Young said the $2 bag is a non-woven bag made from nylon pellets. She said while people could use the bag over and over again, it would still be a plastic-based product.

“At the end of the day, after your multi-uses, it’s still not so environmentally friendly,” Young said.

Young said there is a cotton bag, but that would cost $5 per bag.

Coun. Neil Horner asked whether the $2 bag was made from recycled plastic content or new material, which Young said she’s still waiting to hear feedback on that.

“If it’s recycled content, then I think it’s not as bad as perhaps you might think because you’re putting dead plastic to use,” Horner said.

When asked by Mayor Teunis Westbroek why Young wasn’t approaching both the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Qualicum Beach Downtown Business Association, Young said it was because not all businesses in Qualicum Beach are members of either organization.

Young said through the town, each business applies for a business licence.

Young said she was hoping the town would get behind the initiative, so she could contact businesses that buy licences through the town.

For story ideas, email: lauren.collins@pqbnews.com

Just Posted

Bowser residents protest marine sewage outfall plan

Veenhof and staff endures harsh criticisms at public information meeting

Qualicum Beach society goes to bat for insect eaters

Two bat houses built to monitor population in Heritage Forest

Parksville reopens portion of wetland

City undertakes review, remediation of liability concerns

Is Steve Nash Vancouver Island’s best athlete of all-time?

As Captain Canada gets ready to enter basketball’s Hall of Fame it’s time to debate his legacy

Who is Vancouver Island’s greatest athlete ever?

We want to know, you get to choose in a 64-athlete tournament bracket

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

Rachel Notley to skip premiers conference to focus on pipeline deal

Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline project until it receives assurances

B.C. tech company will power Uber Elevate

Moli and Uber announce research and development partnership.

Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

Ariana Kukors Smith alleges her former coach Sean Hutchison began grooming her for sexual abuse at the age of 13

Defence minister thanks troops for B.C. flood relief work

Harjit Sajjan says not only was military response quick, support from locals has been ‘tremendous’

Still no sign of missing father in Cowichan Valley

Search group for Ben Kilmer now stands 40 SAR volunteers and another 100 friends and concerned community members

Couple survives being buried in mudslide on B.C. highway

The couple, from Saskatchewan, were en route to Nelson when a tree fell in their path

‘So grateful:’ Injured Bronco hockey player glad he’s alive, works on recovery

Ryan Straschnitzki was badly hurt in the accident: a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and punctured lung

UPDATE: Woman dies in ocean accident near Tofino hours before daughter’s wedding

“We are so thankful to everyone who helped our mom.”

Most Read