Monarch Is Going Green

Monarch is asking community members in all 44 counties where they are located to bring unwanted plastic shopping bags to their local office and do something good for the environment. The bags can be from a variety of different stores; they may be different sizes and be of different textures. The shopping bags will be recycled and turned into park benches which will be around for a long time, maybe even longer than the bags in the landfill.

The project took wings from one of our staff member’s children. In her second grade class, the students asked their parents to agree to bring in plastic bags and recycle for a whole year. The staff member approached Monarch and asked if he could put a container in his local office. Monarch CEO, Dr. Peggy Terhune, thought it was a wonderful idea, and expanded it across the state. “At Monarch, life matters. This is an opportunity for us to be earth friendly and inspire others to do the same thing.” says Dr. Peggy Terhune, CEO. The nonprofit has been an eco-conscience company for some time by purchasing only recycled company stationery and doing their best to cut costs by also cutting back on unnecessary travel and recycling within their offices and worksites. For more information on this project or about the services that Monarch provides, please call 1-800-230-7525 or visit online at

Monarch is a nonprofit organization providing support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse issues in 40 counties across North Carolina. They are a charter member of the national organization known as The Arc.