On Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, Mainstream Green, Inc., the environmental non-profit, led an attempt to set a first ever GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title, Most reusable shopping bags distributed in 24 hours. The group needed to distribute 5001 bags to snag the title. They came up short. "Our volunteers put on a tremendous effort to achieve the first ever GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title but we were short of the 5001 bags required by Guinness," announced Dana Johnston, President of Mainstream Green, Inc. "However, in this process, we learned enough to think that a second attempt, at a different location, on another date, with a different algorithm will succeed." This is the first time on Planet Earth that the title was attempted, as it was invented by Ms. Johnston, and then approved by the Guinness World Records officials. However, the number set as a requirement by GWR to achieve the new title, 5001, is now under some scrutiny by Mainstream Green, Inc., as the group's research subsequent to the event appears to show that the basis for that quantity is incorrect information. The Mainstream Green Board of Directors is reported to be planning to address that issue with GWR before the next title attempt.
"We are very grateful to our volunteers and supporters, and we want to give an enormous thank you to all the dozens of people who helped us along the way," said Dana Johnston.
"The event was a great success," she added, saying, "People really knew they were part of something special, and were having a lot of fun with the whole Guinness thing, and posing on the red carpet for selfies. We received wonderful media coverage, along with good social media buzz, which clearly went a long way towards encouraging greater use of reusable shopping bags and raising awareness about the harmful effects of plastic bag pollution.
"What's best about what we did with our Guinness World Records title attempt is, the value of this event doesn't end with this one day, because some 1500 Central New Yorkers will now be walking into Trader Joes, Aldi, Costco,Wegmans and other stores with the shopping bags they got here today. Every time they take our bag into a store, scores of people will see our bags with the words 'Guinness World Record' and "Reusable Shopping Bag" and they'll get the message again and again and again -- for months!"
Mainstream Green's volunteers learned some fascinating facts during the bag giveaway.
"We found out which colors of reusable shopping bags consumers prefer," reported Gayle McCabe, a Mainstream Green volunteer. "Almost all women and some men preferred very bright, vibrant colors to dark colors. And the most requested color was purple!"
Mainstream Green is asking the many Central New Yorkers who took an interest in this, to join them in a second attempt in 2018.
"We have calculated that this next attempt will need about 80 people to hand out the bags simultaneously in one location, for at least 4 hours each, over a period of up to 8 hours, to hit our number," Ms. Johnston declared. "We hope folks will want to volunteer to help make this happen and that they'll use link to sign up!" http://eepurl.com/dbJmzf
Big, beautiful, strong and FREE! reusable shopping bags you’ll want to keep with you. Pick one up on Fri. 11/24/17 in #SyracuseNY at #DestinyUSA. lower level behind Santa! Help #CNY & #MainstreamGreen win a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title! (Most reusable shopping bags distributed in 24 hours.)
They’re BIG!!!STRONG!BEAUTIFUL! &FREE!
It will be the first time ever on Planet Earth that this brand new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title will be attempted: Most reusable shopping bags distributed in 24 hours! We intend to give away at least 5100 bags. Stop by DestinyUSA. lower level behind Santa, on Friday, 11/24/17, from 9 am on, to pick yours up. How To Get Your BIG, Strong, Beautiful & FREE Bag!
To receive a bag, people must be adults over 18 years of age. Only one bag will be given to each person, who must sign a form with a photo/video release on it. The form shows the number of the bag that person has received, the person’s name, address, and signature. The forms will be available to be completed at the event, or if people want to save time, they may download this pdf to fill out before coming to the mall. Everyone who receives a bag must have their picture taken, still or video or both, in our “green carpet” area, posing to show their bag numbers.
This GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ official attempt is sponsored by Mainstream Green, Inc., Covanta Onondaga, LP, the Onondaga County Block Litter program, Trader Joes, DestinyUSA, and Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA hotel. It is also made possible by the generosity of private donors. We are grateful for the support of the Onondaga County Legislature, and the monumental assistance of County Legislator Michael Plochocki.
Why people should stop using disposable plastic bags
720,000 plastic shopping bags are consumed in the US every minute.
Plastic bags blow around in the wind, catching on trees and shrubs, shredding into thousands of little pieces. These tiny pieces fall into lakes and streams, then flow into larger lakes, rivers and then finally the oceans.
Some plastic bags get sucked into water purification and sewage treatment plants, where they damage pumps and pollution fighting equipment.
Lots of plastic bags wind up in the bellies of wildlife, killing them. What’s worse is, plastic has so invaded our food chain and water supply that 93% of Americans have BPA, a plastic chemical, in their bloodstreams. It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastics than fish in the world’s oceans.
Reusable shopping bags are much better for the planet and all creatures on it.
Why reusable shopping bags are better than plastic ones.
There are so many reasons to love Trader Joe's but now there's another one. They pledged 1000 of their gorgeous reusable shopping bags to help Mainstream Green's effort to set a #GuinnessWorld Record! #Most reusable shopping bags distributed in 24 hours. Now we have a date (Fri.Nov. 24, 2017) a location (DestinyUSA, Syracuse, NY) and all we need are more bags and then LOTS of people! Read more here. In the mean time, Which of these bags do you love the most and promise to always bring with you whenever you shop anywhere??? Tweet us @MainstreamGrn or share your pics of #BestForeverBags #BFB 's with Mainstream Green Inc. on Instagram or Facebook!
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