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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 

Do you know where your bag is?

There are a few folks in town who want to know and have some suggestions on how to remember.

The City of Santa Barbara, Channelkeeper, Choose to Reuse, and the California Grocers Association have joined together to create the Where’s Your Bag? campaign. The goal of the campaign is to educate the public about the negative environmental effects of plastic and paper single-use bags, and to promote the use of reusable shopping bags. This campaign is part of a community-wide effort to provide a solutions-based approach to this important environmental issue.

The average person uses over 500 bags per year and we’d like to see that number reduced dramatically. Plastic bags are causing huge problems in our oceans: animals like sea turtles die when they mistake them for food, and the plastic breaks down into small bits that end up in the fish we eat. Paper bag production is extremely energy intensive - far more so than plastic bags. Only a small percentage of each type of bag is recycled. Where’s Your Bag? aims to educate the general public about the problems associated with single use bags and the easy way to fix them by bringing their own reusable bags whenever they shop. - City of Santa Barbara

Stop by the Kick-Off Event

When: August 28, 2009, 2pm to 5pm
Where: De La Guerra Plaza
The Where’s Your Bag? campaign kick-off is a public event. Join us for this fun event featuring the Banana Slug String Band from Santa Cruz, reusable bag giveaways, a plastic bag collection site (help us see how many plastic bags we can collect by bringing and trading them for a reusable bag), an interactive “Trashy Fashion Show” (there will be prizes!), and information tables to learn more about the subject. This will be a fun, family-friendly educational event.

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