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City launches grocery bag contest

Bainbridge Island’s latest bag sensation isn’t from Gucci, Louis Vuitton or Prada. Actually, it will be from one artsy islander.

The city of Bainbridge Island will be holding a bag design competition to promote reusable shopping bags. The winning motif will be displayed on a limited run 500 bags that will be given away free of charge to islanders.

Designs for what will be known as “The Bainbridge Bag” will hang in the council chambers and be up for voting from Oct. 1 through Oct. 12.

Before then, the city will accept submissions for the competition. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

The bag design that garners the most votes will be honored on a reusable shopping bag that is all about Bainbridge Island.

Any islander can submit a design for the Bainbridge Bag. Design submissions must be no larger than 5 inches wide by 8 inches tall. The designs can be in color.

The competition aims to raise awareness of the plastic bag ban that was passed by the Bainbridge Island City Council in April.

Starting Nov. 1, all plastic bags offered at checkout stands that are 2.5 millimeters thick, or less, will be prohibited.

Instead, the city is encouraging the use of reusable bags. A 5 cent pass-through charge will also be implemented on all paper bags offered at check-out stands.

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