BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)

Category: How-To Last Updated: Sunday, 07 February 2016

B.Y.O.B (bring your own bag)

Every year nearly 380 billion plastic shopping bags are used by consumers across the nation, and only a small amount of them are recycled. Join Mid-Columbia Earth Month in dramatically reducing the number of bags used we use - Bring-Your-Own-Bag!

Many grocery stores offer bags for $.50 - $1.00, and more elaborate/designer bags can be purchased online from sites like www.reusablebags.com and www.amazon.com.

Think about how many grocery bags you usually use to help estimate how many you'll need (you can adjust throughout the month as needed). Some stores may even offer incentives for using your own bags!

Did you know?

  • According to the EPA, about 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are used each year in the US.
  • Only 5.2 percent of the plastic bags and sacks in the municipal waste stream were recycled in 2005.
  • Plastic bags do not biodegrade - they photodegrade, which means they slowly break down into smaller and smaller bits that can contaminate soil and waterways.
  • Small plastic bags made up about nine percent of the debris found along various U.S. coasts in a five-year study.
  • One reusable shopping bag keeps about 1,000 plastic bags out of landfills over it’s lifetime!

 

How much of a difference can we really make?

276,000 people in Benton and Franklin Counties

2.1 people per household = 131,000 families

Approx. 6 plastic bags per week =

     - 112,286 bags per day

     - 786,000 bags per week

     - 40,872,000 bags a year

That’s a BIG difference!

How many plastic bags can you reduce? *Benton Franklin Trends, www.bentonfranklintrends.ewu.edu<http://www.bentonfranklintrends.ewu.edu/>