AWARE - Whistler Re-usable Bag

10th April, 2014

Whistler Re-usable BagFor those of you who don’t know what AWARE stands for it is: The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment , in short they are the men and women of this community out taking on projects to better our environment and the wellbeing of this beautiful town so many of us call home. AWARE, which was started back in 1989, has taken on some amazing projects over the years to help out our wildlife such as the Cascade Grizzly Bear Initiative and our land including the Old Growth Forest preservation. Their newest project is a big one; it looks at eliminating the need for single use plastic bags within our community. The Whistler Council has been recommended to ban degradable plastic bags in the resort as the bags just simply break down into minuscule plastic particles that have been found to have a negative effect on our environment. So the question is how do we eliminate a bag that serves a function to every individual including guests that visit our community?

Whistler Reusable BagThe answer is the Reusable Whistler Bag! AWARE and the Crystal Lodge are joining forces in a pilot project that allows the guests of our hotel to borrow the reusable bag while they are staying with us. The bag goes into a small pouch and can be carried around on skis, bike or foot. The idea is to use this borrowed bag when shopping to eliminate the use of the plastic bag that ends up in the landfill. The bag is then washed following each guests stay, similar to a housecoat, and a new one is available to purchase if they want to take one home as a souvenir. 

This program will help bring Whistler one step closer in working towards a sustainable future!

 Where you one of the lucky guests that got to use this bag over the past month?  If so let us know what you thought by filling out this survey


Did you know that 55 million plastic bags are used per week in Canada, that equates to 84 bags per year per person

Whistler residents equivalent of 28,289 ppl would use 2,376,276 bags a year and this is without accounting for our 2.14 million annual guests.