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A Day Without a Bag is an education and grassroots event coordinated by Heal the Bay that involves businesses and individuals throughout Los Angeles County. On this day we ask holiday shoppers and retailers to forgo single-use, plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable bags.
Held the third Thursday in December, Heal the Bay’s third annual A Day Without a Bag will be December 17, 2009 when Southland shoppers will receive an early holiday present, courtesy of a giveaway of nearly 20,000 reusable bags at more than 50 Giveaway Locations throughout Los Angeles County. In addition, a Community & Media Event will be held the same day in Downtown Los Angeles featuring education activities and a press conference.
Education and Awareness
A unique coalition of major retailers, local governments and regional environmental groups has formed to organize the third annual A Day Without a Bag, which urges consumers to forego environmentally harmful one-use plastic or paper grocery bags in favor of reusable totes. By raising consumer awareness about personal choices, the event’s short-term goal is to educate Southland shoppers to adopt more sustainable practices during the holidays and coming year. The event’s long-term goal is to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags throughout California by empowering shoppers, and the community at large, to take simple and direct actions to eliminate unsightly debris and save taxpayer dollars.
Cities Get Involved
More than 70 of the county’s 88 cities have officially endorsed the A Day Without a Bag or “Brag About Your Bag” campaigns. “This year we have more than doubled the number of cities in the county that are supporting A Day Without a Bag,” said Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay. “It reflects the growing groundswell in Los Angeles for reusable bags, which not only save the environment but taxpayer dollars as well, especially in a time of drastic budget shortfalls.”
In addition, many other locations in California are holding similar A Day Without a Bag events on December 17th including San Diego County, Orange County, Santa Barbara and San Francisco.