(June 24, 2021) Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful organized the distribution of garden benches made from recycled plastic bags to communities within The GIANT Company’s service area through GIANT’S Bags to Benches initiative. Benches were offered to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful participants in Doylestown, Bucks County; Chester County and Philadelphia near the Schuylkill River. The 21 benches will be installed in 21 separate, shared public spaces as part of each recipient’s neighborhood restorations and community enhancements.
Other bench locations include school grounds, walking trails, a farmer’s market, an historic village, a butterfly garden, an outdoor leadership and training center, nature preserves and memorial parks for students and members of the community to take a rest from gardening, hiking, learning or to simply take in the scenic view.
“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is to empower Pennsylvania’s to keep our communities clean and beautiful. We do that through community litter pick-ups, illegal dump cleanups, educational activities, recycling and beautification efforts. Partnering with The Giant Company to offer recycled content benches to our program participants is an appropriate way to bring our efforts full circle. We had a fantastic response,” stated Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “We are very grateful for the communities that strive to improve their communities for all to enjoy.”
It takes about 10,000 plastic bags to make one park bench. Since 1997, more than 1,500 benches have been donated to local fire departments, churches, schools, townships, parks and playgrounds. For more information on The Giant Company’s responsible retailing efforts and commitment to the environment, visit https://giantfoodstores.com/community/care-for-the-environment/.
About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s vision is a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has worked with hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state to pick up nearly 148 million pounds of trash from Pennsylvania’s roadways, waterways, greenways, vacant lots, forestlands and other community spaces. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s core programming focuses on litter and illegal dump prevention, cleanup, community greening, and proper waste handling and sustainable practices. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful works with many partnering organizations on the state and grassroots level to accomplish our goal of a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.