Islander wins reusable bag design contest

The winning bag design submission by Diane Walker. - Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review
The winning bag design submission by Diane Walker.
— image credit: Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review

After a wave of submissions, and votes, the official Bainbridge Bag has been chosen.

Bainbridge Island city staff counted 154 votes spanning the 44 designs that hung on a wall outside the council chambers over the past month.

One design, however, stood out beyond all the rest.

“I can’t believe it — you’ve got to be kidding!” said islander Diane Walker when she was told her design was the winner.

Walker's design for the reusable shopping bag used things common to Bainbridge Island: salmon, strawberries, tall trees and a heron.

All the bag designs in the contest receives votes, but three bags became clear frontrunners and garnering more than 20 votes each.

The bag design contest was hatched by city staff to help raise awareness of the upcoming plastic bag ban on Bainbridge Island.

The ban goes into effect Nov. 1. Plastic bags will no longer be available at checkout stands at stores across the island.

The city will produce 500 reusable Bainbridge Bags with Walker's design. They will be given away for free starting Oct. 31 at the Bainbridge Island Library, city hall and at the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association's trick-or-treat event in downtown Winslow.

Merchants can purchase additional copies of the bag through Winslow's Paper Products.

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