December 20: a day without a plastic bag. Be there!

“Councilmember Greig Smith and I joined with Heal the Bay Director of Programs, Meredith McCarthy yesterday in City Council to proclaim December 20th as “A Day Without a Bag” in Los Angeles. Each year, Angelenos consume some 6 billion plastic bags, almost 600 bags per person per year! Only 5% of these bags get recycled (and it is important to know that we have made it possible for you to recycle plastic bags by putting them in your blue bins–here is a helpful list of what you can put in the blue bin), so the rest wind up in landfills, the Los Angeles River, Echo Park Lake, Santa Monica Bay, and our streets.

“On December 20th, we are encouraging Angelenos to use reusable bags and get into the habit of using these bags for our shopping needs. We have only been using plastic bags since around 1977, so the habit shouldn’t be a tough one to break, but we hope the blogosphere will help do its part to spread the word. If we can begin to live without consuming the amount of plastic bags we currently do, we can save landfill space, clean up our waterways, and reduce the amount of oil consumed and global greenhouse gases emitted in the manufacture of these bags.”
A Day Without a Bag, Eric Garcetti, December 8, 2007

I am SO with this idea. When I lived in Poland and Prague, you had to bring your own bags, usually string, but often canvas. And although I never win the Trader Joe bring your own bag raffle, it’s a habit I never quite lost.

Oh, and you don’t have to be in LA to do this. You can celebrate a day without a plastic bag on December 20 wherever you are.

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