BYOB: Bring Your Own Bags

1600 lbs CO2 Per Year and $0 Savings Per Year

Plastic bags are made using oil and disposed bags litter our oceans. You can make a difference; bring your own reusable bag when running errands!

Every day, millions of plastic bags are used once, then tossed—the cost to you and to our planet is huge. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year. They are energy and resource intensive both to produce and to dispose of. Less than 3% of all plastic bags are recycled after use; the rest go to landfills, tarnish our landscapes, and pollute our oceans. Bring your own bags to the grocery store and other shops, and limit this waste. A cotton or nylon reusable bag may eliminate 1,500 plastic bags during its lifetime. Many stores give an additional 5¢ discount off your purchase for each reusable bag you bring in! Less than 5% of Americans use reusable bags. Please help change that: next time you run to the store, BYOB—bring your own bag!

What it costs: Free! Or, if you don’t yet own a reusable bag, you can pick one up inexpensively at many locations, including your local food store and retail shops.

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