Bring Your Own Bag Saratoga is an initiative to change retailers’ and consumers’ dependence on single-use plastic shopping bags. Our goal is to minimize the negative impact of plastic bags on the environment, from their manufacture through the end of their brief useful life.
Negative Impact of Plastic Bags
- They are a costly way to use petroleum, a limited and problematic resource.
- An estimated 89 billion bags are used annually in our country alone, of which only 5-12% are recycled.
- At best, those that are recycled have one role to play before they join the waste stream. They are still plastic and do not biodegrade.
- After their brief usefulness, they cause damage to marine life by directly injuring or killing animals, or by interfering with a healthy food chain; by creating enormous “gyres” or islands of garbage in our oceans; by clogging municipal water systems; and otherwise causing unsightly trash in both city and countryside.
Our approach is to encourage an already-growing trend among consumers to rely on reusable shopping bags. This will be accomplished by working with our local businesses and government, and by educating the community at large about the rationale for making this change.
This effort is part of a world-wide movement (including countries such as Ireland, South Africa, Rwanda, and Italy); and cities across our country (including 60 or more in California, and in our region, Mamaroneck and Rye, NY). Hawaii recently became the first state to enact legislation prohibiting their use.
Bring Your Own Bag Saratoga
Bring Your Own Bag Saratoga strives to change retailers’ and consumers’ dependence on single-use plastic shopping bags by encouraging consumers to rely on reusable shopping bags.
Check out all the local businesses and citizens supporting our BYOBag Initiative!
Here’s a fun video one of our members found, putting a humorous spin on this serious issue: