Guam - Pay-Less Supermarkets officially launched its Mission: Zero Bags campaign aiming to reduce 1.1 million plastic shopping bags from the environment. Two new facets for the supermarket include featuring recyclable receptacles in its stores for aluminum and plastic and its Mission: Zero Bags.
Pay-Less markets general manager Mike Benito hopes the community and business industry will join the movement to think green, saying, "But I'd like to challenge all the retailers on Guam and I don't want it to just be a Pay-Less thing. I'd like everybody from K-mart, Home Depot, American Grocery, Cost-U-less, everyone to join in this initiative and join us and do this for the community and if they did, you'll see Guam to be a much more beautiful place than it is today."
Vice president Kathy Sgro started the Go Green campaign in 1998, and said, "And it really does take a community and this is what we're doing here today. Pay-Less markets is taking a stand, in a way we're taking a risk because not 100 percent of everybody here today is going to be comfortable. We're stepping outside of our comfort zone of providing plastic bags, which number is less than expensive of brown bags. But we know the result can be detrimental, it can clog up our storm drains, it can kill our marine life, it can kill our plants."
Governor Eddie Calvo, who was at today's launch, proclaimed every Wednesday in 2012 "Green Day" and encourages residents to use reusable bags when they shop at local establishments.