Bag Monster Participates in Day Without A Bag Events

Posted by — December 17, 2009 12:02 am

There are estimates that the United States goes through 30 billion single-use plastic and 10 billion single-use paper bags per year. Los Angeles County alone contributes 6 billion single-use plastic bags per year to that total.

This Thursday, December 17th, Los Angeles County is hoping to change the behavior of Los Angeles shoppers for the sake of the environment. Tomorrow marks the third annual Day Without A Bag event across the county. Retailers have been urged to refrain from giving out single-use bags for the day and over 50 reusable bag handout stations will be set up throughout the county. For a map of handout locations, click here.

Over the past month, Los Angeles County has been preparing residents for Day Without A Bag. As part of their “Brag About Your Bag” campaign that kicked off on November 15th, they have already distributed more than 50,000 reusable bags to residents. An additional 20,000 reusable bags will be distributed as part of the Day Without A Bag campaign tomorrow.

Matthew King, Communications Director for Heal the Bay explains the thought behind the event, “It’s our holiday gift to the environment and to shoppers to give them free bags and have them think about the choices they make during the holiday season.”

For three years Heal the Bay has been giving back to the planet by organizing Day Without A Bag events. Their short term goal is to educate consumers to adopt more environmentally friendly bagging habits. Long term they hope to reduce the use of single-use bags throughout California by raising awareness.

Each year the event grows, and this year 71 of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County will be participating this year. Bag Monsters® have already been spotted in Encinitas and Santa Barbara, and will be out tomorrow promoting the event as well.

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