Boulder has chosen two designs to appear on reusable bags the city will distribute as part of the implementation of a 10-cent fee on disposable grocery bags.
The winning designs are by Monarch High School student Zoe Burton and Boulder graphic designer Blair Stapp.
Burton's design features black-and-white drawings of flowers with the word "grow" in a green field. Stapp's design lists "paper," "plastic" and "nada" (nothing in Spanish), with an X in the box by nada.
The city received 115 entries, 10 of which were posted on Inspire Boulder, the city's digital town hall. Community members voted there for the winners.
The winning designs will be printed on 30,000 bags that the city will distribute to low-income
The Boulder City Council approved the bag fee in November with the goal of discouraging disposable bag use and changing habits.
Students with the Net Zero Club at Fairview High School argued for a ban on all plastic bags and a fee on paper bags.
The City Council decided to pursue a fee on all disposable bags instead after representatives of Eco-Cycle said banning plastic would cause people to switch to paper, which has its own environmental problems, rather than to reusable bags.
The fee will apply to all paper and plastic bags at food retailers, including grocery stores, convenience stores and Target. Gas station stores will be exempt if food sales account for less than 2 percent of their business.
Retailers will get to keep 4 cents to cover their costs of administering the program. The city plans to use the rest of the money collected from the fee to pay for education and outreach about reusable bags, including buying and distributing free reusable bags to low-income Boulder residents.
David Driskell, executive director of Community Planning and Sustainability, said the city was impressed with the quality and number of submissions received.
"We hope these concepts help our community remember the importance of the role we all play in being good stewards of our environment and the difference we can each make as we go about our daily lives," he said in a press release.
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