A DAY WITHOUT
JOIN CALABASAS IN
ON DECEMBER 16, 2010!
The City of Calabasas is
once again joining forces with Heal the Bay for the December 16, 2010
campaign “A Day Without a Bag.” Free re-usable bags will be distributed
to shoppers at the City’s three supermarkets - Albertsons (26521
Agoura Rd from 1pm to 5pm), Ralphs (in the Commons
from 1pm to 5pm) & Gelson's (on Mulholland from 3pm to 5pm) - on December 16, 2010.
“A Day Without a Bag” is an educational and grassroots event that
involves businesses and individuals throughout Los Angeles County. On
this day, shoppers and retailers are asked to forgo single-use, plastic
shopping bags in favor of reusable bags. By raising consumer awareness
about personal choices, “A Day Without a Bag” focuses on education,
rather than advocacy.
More than 6 billion plastic bags are used in Los Angeles County each
year. Disposable bags cost fiscally strained cities up to 17 cents per
bag for disposal (this does not include the environmental costs).
Plastic bags are made from fossil fuels. Americans use over 380 billion
bags every year, throwing away this non-renewable resource
ALTERNATIVES TO PLASTIC CARRYOUT BAGS
||Reusable bags are the best
alternative to plastic carryout bags. Reusable bags
typically have handles and are designed and manufactured for
multiple reuse. They are made of cloth or other durable
material. The widespread use of reusable bags would conserve
energy and natural resources, reduce the total volume of
waste disposal in landfills, diminish plastic bag litter and
help to promote a clean and sustainable environment.
||Paper bags are widely
available in stores and restaurants. They are heavier than
plastic bags and are not easily blown by the wind. Paper
bags biodegrade in water and are made of renewable
resources, especially if recycled paper content is used.
Paper bags also have a higher recycling rate, estimated at
21 percent by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
reusable bag saves an average of 6 plastic carryout bags per
week. That's 24 bags a month, 288 bags a year, and 22,176
bags in an average lifetime. If just 1 out of 5 people
in the U.S. did this, we would save over one trillion bags
over our lifetime!
Click on the links below
to learn more about plastic bags and reusable options: