San Antonio, Texas-based H-E-B will celebrate Earth Day with its annual reusable bag giveaway, providing 250,000 reusable bags to customers.
On April 22, customers who visit any H-E-B, Central Market, Joe V’s Smart Shop and Mi Tienda in Texas are eligible to receive a complimentary Earth Day bag. Since 2008, H-E-B has given out more than three million reusable bags in celebration of Earth Day.
Customers can purchase additional Earth Day reusable bags for $1.50. This year’s Earth Day tote highlights the H-E-B “Our Texas, Our Future” commitment, which is the company’s mission to increase awareness and education around sustainability efforts that help preserve land, water and air in Texas. Throughout the year, H-E-B reduces its impact on the environment through waste diversion efforts along with several other programs to help conserve and protect the state.
For Earth Month in April, H-E-B launched multiple ventures aimed at supporting plastic waste reduction and providing sustainable alternatives for shoppers.
Among those efforts, students from classrooms across Texas collected thousands of pounds of plastic bags as part of H-E-B’s Annual School Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. This year, more than 600 elementary schools in Texas collected more than 4 million plastic bags for the challenge. The schools that collected the most plastic bags will receive H-E-B gift cards as prizes.
This year’s winners are:
- Border Region: Matias Elementary, Borchers Elementary and Heights Elementary;
- Central Texas Region: Fern Bluff Elementary, Emile Elementary and Perez Elementary;
- Gulf Coast Region: Robert Driscoll Elementary, Refugio Elementary and San Pedro Elementary;
- Houston Region: Memorial Parkway Elementary, Coulson-Tough Elementary and Robertson Elementary;
- North/West Texas Region: Simpson Elementary, Felty Elementary and Bowie Elementary; and
- San Antonio Region: Randall Fields Elementary, Hopkins Elementary and Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary.
H-E-B, in partnership with Keep Texas Recycling, selected six projects across the state, which will benefit from the 2023 H-E-B Community Recycling Grants. These grants support projects that focus on increasing access to recycling by funding infrastructure improvements, material resources and access to educational recycling materials. Grant funds totaling $157,000 will fund projects in Pharr, Ingleside, Cuero, Texas City, Burleson County and San Angelo.
Additionally, stores will host in-store environmental education scavenger hunts in partnership with EcoRise. The scavenger hunts are self-guided tours through H-E-B stores, showing elementary age children ways H-E-B works to protect the environment and how they can adopt sustainable practices. The scavenger hunt information can be found on the Our Texas, Our Future website and printed versions are available in stores.