Ten Towns Ten Actions


A Resource for Rethinking Plastic Waste in Your Community

Mesh Bag Mamas © 2023 

Theme Song by 

Mary K. Armstrong

Mesh Bag Mamas Launch!

On Saturday October 21, 2023 from noon to 2:00 PM, Mesh Bag Mamas handed out a lot of bags at the Lebanon Co-op! The Co-op staff let us load up the demo counter across from the service desk with more bags for customers to take after we finished at 2 pm. 

Customers were very appreciative, and some shoppers with large families in tow received several bags. Bags were distributed both at the entrance to the store and in the produce section. Thanks to Mike, Sandy & the Service Desk staff for the great support.

Three sets of bags were hung on display racks in the produce section as well — it will be interesting to see how long it takes for them to disappear!

We’ll be working with Mike from the Co-op Marketing Department to set a date for further distribution at the other Co-op stores. 50 bags were dropped off at the Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction. 

The Mesh Bag Mamas Theme Song Choir was in full performance mode, singing at the entrance and in the produce department to light applause by customers. The tallest singer in the video (link below) is Mary Armstrong from Harrisville, the song’s composer who traveled up from the Monadnock region.

Special thanks to the singers for putting it out there — Nancy Wightman, Colleen O’Niell, Phil and Judith Bush, and Katy Chaffee. And a shout out to Jan Kilfeather-Mackey and Patsy Beffa-Negrini — set up mavens and bag distributors extraordinaire.

Check out this link of the premier performance of the Mesh Bag Mama theme song! (It IS a catchy tune!)


All in all a fabulous effort, and so much gratitude to the Mesh Bag Mamas who joined us and to everyone who participated to get us to 847 bags! They looked great and we received a lot of compliments.

Kind regards,

Cindy Heath

Goal of the Ten Towns · Ten Actions Toolkit

The Ten Towns Ten Actions Toolkit is a menu of concrete actions, ready-made templates, and technical support started by ten volunteers — many of whom have already been successful in effecting change in their communities and all willing to help others rethink plastic. The goal of the Toolkit is to inspire and guide community leaders, catalysts, champions, and others in accomplishing actions toward plastic waste reduction and zero waste strategies, and also to track and celebrate the accomplishments publicly through regular, coordinated media announcements and events.

For some history, see our Ten Towns Toolkit Today Newsletters.

Click the green button below to go to the Overview Statement to learn more:

Have fun exploring the Toolkit using any of the 3 sections below. 

We recommend using the Start Here section first, but that isn't required.

You can Choose a Partner and then Choose an Action, or go straight to Choose An Action. 

Learn about the Toolkit framework 

Discover potential partners in your community

Explore the menu of actions!

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After you complete an action, please let us know

Click the "Share Your Accomplishments" button above to complete a form with information about the action and its impact.

Directly impacted = 2,800 people

Estimated indirect impact = 1o,000 individuals

 Ten Towns • Ten Actions Map

Click on the Map below to see all of the Towns! Complete list here.

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Ten Towns • Ten Actions Toolkit Checklist

The Ten Towns • Ten Actions Toolkit Checklist is a quick reference tool that identifies the framework area and potential partner for each action. 

To download the checklist and keep track of your own progress, hover over the top right corner to locate the download button. Once downloaded, look for the Google Sheets File menu. From there you can Make a copy to keep track of actions you complete and the date.

Be sure to let us know about your progress in the "Share Your Accomplishments" form above so we can help you celebrate your success!

Ten Towns • Ten Actions Toolkit Checklist - Jan 2022

Ten Towns • Ten Actions Leader Resource Team