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Business Community - Reuseable Shopping Bags
American consumers use and throw away about one trillion plastic bags every year. Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources (oil, natural gas and other chemicals), and can take up to a thousand years to break down in the environment. They litter our streets, clog our storm drains and landfills, and end up in oceans, lakes, rivers and bays where they impact marine ecosystems. What can we do about this environmental nightmare?

Many business owners have decided to eliminate plastic bags from their retail operations, and have substituted either 100% recycled paper or biodegradable plastic bags made from renewable resources. Many businesses also encourage their customers to "BYOB" (Bring Your Own Bag) and retailers can support this trend by selling imprinted canvas or nylon bags.

Who's Doing It Right?

Alameda County banned single use plastic bags in 2013. Here's a link to their web page which explains the law and the reasons for it.

How Green Is My Town? is a program of Grassroots Environmental Education
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