Spectrum/The Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Washington Food Market (WFM), co-sponsors of The Good Bag Program, recently held their first monthly drawing to select the winner of a $100 award certificate usable at Washington Food Market. The program is a private initiative designed to eliminate the use of disposable plastic and paper bags at checkout counters in Washington. Shoppers at the market can earn one entry for the monthly drawing each time they use a reusable tote(s) for their order. To participate, shoppers must write their name and phone number on the back of the duplicate of their market receipt. Above, from left to right, WEC director Jean Solomon, is shown with WFM owner George Verrastro, WFM Director of Operations Lisa Stein, ticket selector Elena Stein, 7, WEC directors Terri Tibbatts and Anne Kimball, and an unknown customer select the ticket for the first drawing. The winning ticket belonged to Kristi Chaudhuri. A total of 426 shoppers who used reusable totes participated in the June drawing. The next drawing is scheduled for early August. Shoppers who would like to have a new reusable, machine washable tote can acquire their own “Good Bag” for a $5 donation to WEC. The pilot program is to last three months when it will be evaluated. If successful, it will be continued and possibly implemented at other suitable retail locations in Washington.