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AAFES Has Environmental Change “in the Bag”

DALLAS – As part of a continuing effort to be a good steward of the environment, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is introducing reusable bags to military shoppers. Made of non-woven polypropylene mesh, the bags are now arriving in stores in the United States, with worldwide distribution expected by June.

“Military shoppers continue to express a strong desire for environmentally friendly products,” said AAFES’ Senior Vice President of Sales Maggie Burgess. “In fact, AAFES has seen Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) light bulb sales increase by 160 percent in 2008 compared to the same time period last year. With that said, we anticipate exchange customers will enthusiastically embrace AAFES’ new, environmentally friendly shopping bag options.”

The AAFES recycled-reusable bag line, capable of carrying up to 35 pounds, will consist of a small shopping bag and wine bag for $0.99 each, a large shopping bag for $1.49 and a thermal bag is available for $1.99.

In addition to the bags, AAFES is implementing “green initiatives” at exchange facilities across the globe to include ENERGY STAR® vending machines, inventive “pollution solutions” in fast food restaurants, CFL options within the stores as well as real estate efforts that focus on energy and water reduction and the incorporation of earth friendly materials into building design.

About The Army & Air Force Exchange Service: The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. AAFES has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To find out more about AAFES' history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at

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