FAIRBANKS — Reusable bags are multiplying across Fairbanks. The soft floppy totes are sold at stores around Fairbanks and are often given out by businesses as well.

Big box retailers have long offered the totes for sale at checkout, touting them as a “green” alternative to plastic and paper. Fred Meyer, Walmart and Safeway all offer reusable bags for sale at or near the checkout line. Local printers also have noticed a sharp increase in the number of businesses wanting their logo and name printed on reusable bags.