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Unfortunately I only heard about “A Day Without a Bag(links below for free giveaway locations) just now on the KTLA news. (And no, “A Day Without a Bag” does NOT mean a day without ME! ;)) While advance notice for readers in the Los Angeles area (where today’s event is taking place) would have been ideal, I figured it’s better to get some information out a bit late and possibly reach at least a few folks, rather than not promote this exciting and important event at all. If nothing else this late posting will hopefully raise awareness of the growing movement toward abolishing disposable plastic bags, and of the harmful effects created by them on marine life, our resources, and our environment. Perhaps it might also persuade some of you to not only go a day without disposable bags in your own life, but to also consider creating a similar day community-wide in YOUR neck-of-the-woods…just a thought (hint-hint).

I bought reusable bags at Albertsons (grocery chain) about a year ago for about $1 each, and I have to say they are some of the strongest, sturdiest bags I have ever come across. Not only do I feel like I’m doing my part in cutting down on the waste plastic bags create, but I also get a small rebate each time I shop and use them (something like a nickel). My local Costco also offered appropriately “Costco size” (and we all know how big Costco size items are! ;)) bags in a bunch of either four or six, but sorry to say I don’t remember the cost since I didn’t purchase them at that time. IKEA is also selling their very large bags, too.

I think the only hard part about using reusable bags is actually remembering to take them into the store! Countless times I’ve left them at home after emptying them of their grocery store visit contents, so I have now taken to forcing myself to return them to the car the minute I’ve put the groceries in the fridge or cupboards. Proud to say that it usually works. 😉

Here’s some information about “A Day Without a Bag” on the Heal the Bay web site:

Our holiday gift to the environment! Join thousands of shoppers in L.A. County in giving up disposable bags in favor of reusable totes for 24 hours.

Read Heal the Bay’s Op Ed, “Paper or plastic — better yet, neither“, from last Friday’s L.A.Times

Los Angeles County residents use 6 billion plastic bags each year and recycle only 5% of that total. Instead, they become part of the plastic-dominated litter stream, putting added pressure on scarce landfill, fouling our public spaces, degrading already weakened watersheds and threatening marine life.

Help reduce plastic bag usage this holiday season — and year-round — with the A Day Without a Bag campaign!

1. BYOB
Show your support for A Day Without a Bag by shopping exclusively with reusable totes. Join us on Thursday, December 20th at a bag giveaway location or a participating retailer (see “In-Store Promotions“) to receive a free reusable bag.

If you miss the free giveaway, you can purchase reusable bags online (see “Buy Reusable Bags“). Then, make it a habit to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) when shopping anywhere, anytime!

2. Get Informed
Discover why we should make every day A Day Without a Bag. Come to one of our bag giveaway sites and find out how to reduce plastic bag consumption and adopt sustainable practices year-round, or learn more now (see “Learn More” sidebar at right).

While this video is geared toward a particular area of Australia, the first two minutes hold some very powerful universal images and statistics showing the damaging effects of plastic bags on our environment and wildlife. Please take a couple of minutes to watch it…thanks!

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