Reusable Bags Are Becoming The New Trend!

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Plastic bags are overrated. All they do is pollute the environment, hurt birds and sea animals and take up a lot of space in landfills and oceans. Too bad people haven’t thought of a way to replace plastic bags. Oh wait, they have! Reusable bags have been gaining a lot of popularity over the last 10 years. For example, Back in 2002, the Irish government placed a tax on plastic bags which forced everyone to use reusable bags. According to New York Times, the use of plastic bags is rare now days because everyone is now used to using reusable bags!

Reusable cloth shopping bags, like this one at a Superquinn grocery checkout in Dublin, have replaced those stretchy, crinkly plastic shopping bags, which are subject to a 33-cent tax per bag.

California Goes Reusable!

This reusable bag trend is making its way to America! The citizens of Santa Monica are now about to experience the benefits of reusable bags due to a new ban on plastic bags that was put into effect this September. The Share A Bag Program is helping community members with the transition by providing them with 20 different locations where they can get free reusable bags and/or donate some of their bags. This program promotes sharing by allowing people to take free bags as long as people eventually bring them back so other people can use them too. The program also relies on people that have extra bags to be generous and donate them. You can watch a video about them below:

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From Ireland, To California, To New Jersey!

I personally can’t wait for New Jersey to start implementing reusable bags into ShopRites and other stores. There is a community program called Go Green Galloway, that is trying to promote reusable bags in the city of Galloway NJ. It is a task force that is composed of members appointed by the Mayor of Galloway. Their mission is to reduce the town’s negative ecological footprint by promoting methods of sustainability. On April 30th 2011, volunteers handed out 800 reusable bags to customers outside of Super FoodTown, ShopRite and Santori’s. The organization is working with institutions such as Richard Stockton College, Merrill Lynch, The Bank, South Jersey Industries, Cape Bank, Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, and Parke Bank in order to promote reusable bags in New Jersey. I think that if they keep this up, they will be very effective in starting the reusable bag trend in their community.

With this new trend spreading throughout the country, soon everyone will be using reusable bags! If this trend becomes local to where you live, how will you feel about it? Be sure to comment below!

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