Bag It

BECOME A BAG IT TOWN

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BECOME A BAG IT TOWN?

Bag It Towns are municipalities that systematically reduce the collective consumption of single-use disposable bags. Our goal in 2012 is to help 20 US towns become Bag It Towns. Bag It Town requirements (must meet one):

  • Voluntarily ban the free distribution of plastic and paper single-use disposable bags at grocery stores or town-wide.
  • Pass ordinance applying a minimum fee of 10 cents per single-use disposable plastic and paper bags at all grocery stores or town-wide.
  • Pass ordinance banning plastic bags completely and apply a minimum fee of 10 cents on all single-use paper bags at all grocery stores or town-wide.

BAG IT TOWN: TOP 5 BENEFITS

  • Reduction of single-use disposable bag consumption by as much as 90%.
  • Positive public relations for your town's environmentally conscious culture.
  • Cleaner streets, parks, rivers, lakes and oceans.
  • Greater sense of community-derived from community driven change.
  • The thrill of being an early adopter in the movement to change our single-use, throw-away culture.

Bag It Town citizens are informed, proud and often happy to explain where all the bags went and, more importantly, why. It's often just the beginning. Expect your town to be quick to adopt other waste reducing habits, lifestyles and mindsets.

The transition from single-use to reusable can be hard at first — you may find some neighbors, friends, or retailers reluctant to change. Others might try to stop the movement altogether. It's helpful to remember there are reasonable objections and questions to bans vs. taxes or recycling programs — it's important to hear out others' ideas but to also persevere. Ultimately, once old habits are replaced, consumers are happy and proud to tote their goods responsibly.

OKAY, WE WANT IN! WHAT DO WE DO?

Contact the Bag It Team to learn how to start drastically reducing your town's disposable bag consumption. We will be your support system assisting with everything from formulating an action plan to supplying sample ordinances.

BAG BAN TOOL KIT

Download the Bag Ban Tool Kit here.

TRACK THE MOVEMENT

The ChicoBag™ company is committed to being the top resource for up to date information on the reusable bag movement and bag legislation. Here they have shared their interactive map with us. See what steps are being taken to eliminate single-use bag use around the world. In addition to the interactive map, the Bag Monster® Blog provides weekly updates on current bag fees, bans and reduction efforts around the world.

If you do not see anything pop up on this map, click here and you will be linked to the larger view of the map


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