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RackedWire: Brooklyn Flea Offers Reusable Totes, Slope Coop Kills Plastic Bags

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FORT GREENE—In what is becoming the trend of the year (past two years?), another retailer is stepping up to offer specially-branded, reusable canvas totes. This time, it's The Brooklyn Flea, everyone's favorite open-air market in Fort Greene. "Designed by weekly vendors Loyalty + Blood, in what we hope to be the first in a series of limited-edition Flea merch, the Flea Bag features L+B's old-fashioned lettering on a handy canvas tote suitable for guys and dolls." Want a Flea bag? They're priced at a reasonable $5 and are available "at the Lafayette entrance every Sunday." [Brooklyn Flea]

PARK SLOPE—Following in Whole Foods' footsteps, the Park Slope Food Coop just banned plastic bags. Now, you can no longer wastefully buy a plastic bottle of water bagged in a plastic bag. No fun. Sample color from the meeting: “'I will be so happy to see the plastic bags gone, gone, gone!' said Jane Bayer, a 34-year member of the Co-op, using her allotted three minutes at the Tuesday night meeting to thunder against America’s 'addiction' to the thin-plastic bags. 'We don’t need them. Some people say they reuse them, but how many times? Once, twice? That’s no big savings. It will be hard to give up plastic bags, but we can do it. We don’t need them! We can do it! It should be done. It must be done.'” And so it will be done. [Brooklyn Paper]