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Big Papi Sustainability

It's October and that means Major League Baseball Playoff time! Depending on what part of the country you're from Boston Red Sox aren't winning any

It’s October and that means Major League Baseball Playoff time! Depending on what part of the country you’re from Boston Red Sox aren’t winning any popularity contests, but they do have one of  sports’ most beloved legends — David “Big Papi” Ortiz. The specialty items and limited edition merch keeps on rolling in now Ortiz has come out and publicly announced his upcoming retirement. Now, there’s yet another thing to add to your must-haves to celebrate Ortiz much-acclaimed career in Boston. Maine-based retailer, L.L. Bean has released limited edition tote bags made from Fenway Park rain tarps.

According to a press release, the bags are available in L.L. Bean stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut. Additionally, thirty-four percent of sales from the bags will go to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which helps children in New England and the Dominican Republic gain access to pediatric services.

“It’s really special to me that businesses in New England are coming up with ways to support the David Ortiz Children’s Fund during my final season,” Ortiz said in the press release. “L.L. Bean and my team have shared a great relationship over the years, and I’m happy to be a part of it through this project.”

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“Considering our long-standing partnership with the Red Sox, we wanted to celebrate Big Papi’s retirement and his extraordinary career in a way that was uniquely L.L. Bean,” Chris Semanyshyn, partnership marketing manager for L.L. Bean. “And what better way to do that than by honoring a legend with one of our most iconic products, our Boat and Tote Bag? Made from up cycled rain delay tarps used on the field at Fenway Park, we’re giving L.L. bean and Red Sox fans the chance to own a piece of history from two of New England’s most beloved icons. So congratulations, Big Papi, and thanks for all of the years of thrilling baseball you’ve provided for countless fans, as well as your contributions to the community.”

Leave it to Big Papi to combine sustainable totes for a great cause. Are hats off to L.L. Bean  as well. The company has repurposed Fenway rain tarps to create bags commemorating the 100th anniversary of the company and stadium. L.L. bean also created bags from the same tarp to benefit the One Fund Boston after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and one in 2014 to celebrate the team’s World Series victory in 2013.

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