For several months now, I’ve been guilty of forgetting my reusable grocery bag in the back of my car while out shopping. Good thing then when my destination happens to be Buffalo Exchange—I’m in luck!
At this popular Portland retail store, customers have the option to either bring their own bag or carry their purchase out without a bag at all and instead opt to direct a wooden nickel token toward the Northwest Earth Institute. But we promise those wooden nickels translate into real and needed cash for us! (Customers can opt to purchase a reusable bag from the register, but if you do that, then you do not get to donate – so please take your own or do not use one at all!)
Why is Buffalo Exchange unique? All of their clothing and accessories are bought, sold and traded locally with store customers. “By the community, for the community,” as they say. And it isn’t just some marketing ploy—these guys embody “reduce-reuse-recycle” in the same innovative spirit that our fashion industry demands.
So, the next time you rip that shirt you have on with those gigantic muscles, I urge you to head to Buffalo Exchange, and either be negligent like me and relentlessly forget your bag, or (more likely) just be yourself and decline a bag in favor of a small donation toward your favorite nonprofit. This opportunity is only running through December 1!
Here’s the address:
1036 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209
(Across from Powell’s at 11th)
*Through their Tokens for Bags® program, Buffalo Exchange has raised nearly $550,000 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations since 1994, saving 10.9 million bags from polluting the environment.
Danny Lampton is Communications Associate for Northwest Earth Institute