Saguache Works Recycling Effort Needs Your Help
If you share the concern about the proliferation of plastic bags, and are dedicated to reducing landfill waste, Homegrown Totes of Saguache Works needs your help.
The grassroots cottage industry, based here in Saguache, is now producing a unique line of cloth grocery bags, made from 100% recycled materials, intended to replace plastic bags here and around the state.
Thanks to generous support from the Anschutz Family Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, the Kenneth King Foundation and the Saguache County Commissioners, project staff have producing tote bags, in a variety of sizes and styles, for nearly two years.
These totes, made from thrift store donations, are on display, and available for sale, at the 4th Street Food Store in downtown Saguache, at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Resort, the Orient Land Trust, Elephant Cloud, and at retail locations in Salida, Buena Vista, Gunnison, Crested Butte, Alamosa and Pagosa Springs.
The new “HomeAgain” Tote (HAT) was custom-designed and recently mass-produced for a group called Plastic Bag-Free Crested Butte. HATs are available for pickup, return and re-use at various locations around town.
Donations and volunteer support are needed to create a pilot program in Saguache County, to solicit additional fabric donations from manufacturers, and to help promote HATs to other communities seeking to reduce waste and promote recycling.
More than a dozen county residents currently are employed by the project, either working in “factory” space behind the thrift store, as home sewers, or helping with marketing or distribution.
Blue Earth Cafe Shifts to Winter Hours This Week
As the season change and things slow down a bit, the Blue Earth Cafe in Saguache will be shifting to its winter hours starting this week. The coffee shop is now open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The popular eatery specializes in fine coffees, teas and snacks, most of which are organic.
Blue Earth Cafe is located in the back behind the popular 4th Street Food Store in downtown Saguache, “behind the bank.” You can connect with them on the Blue Earth Cafe at Saguache Works Facebook Page.