Āgenskalns market becomes "greener"

On Sunday, July 7, the Āgenskalns Market hosted a package-free day. Buyers were invited to bring their reusable packages – dishes, jars, or bags. From now on, sellers will also be encouraged to make eco-friendly decisions, namely, to switch to using paper bags, reported LSM's Latvian service on July 7.

“It's the first step towards a “greener market”,” said Anete Ezerkalne, Director of the Āgenskalns Market.

At noon, a discussion on the topic of reducing waste in everyday life was held in the market. There were also oilcloth workshops, in which people were invited to make their own oilcloths for storing products such as cheese.

The director of the market said that sellers appreciated the suggestion to use paper packaging: “We are encouraging our sellers to use paper bags, informing them that we could preserve nature in this way and also discussing how these bags can be purchased. We have agreed that we'll have our own design. […] All sellers will have the same kind of bags with the same design. Buyers will be able to choose whether to put their purchase in a paper bag or, as usual, in a plastic bag when buying something.

We encourage all sellers to put their produce into paper bags. This way, gradually, our market would forgo plastic bags.”

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