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The Reusable Bag Initiative

A service we take for granted.

When we do our shopping we expect to pay for the products we take home. But surprisingly, we assume that the bags, for which the store owner paid, are free. Free disposable bags have become a service we take for granted. What we don't realize is that the bags come with another price.

Every year we throw away 100 billion of plastic grocery bags in the USA. An average person uses 425 plastic grocery bags per year.

Plastic bags are concerning because:

  • They do not biodegrade
  • They endanger marine life and wild life in general
  • They shed chemical particles that are found in our food chain
  • They litter our beaches and the oceans
  • They have very few recycle options
  • They can clog the machines in recycle facilities
  • They use fossil fuels or ethane gas for production
  • They use fossil fuels for distribution
  • They disperse toxins and air pollution in incinerators
  • They cost money to clean up
  • They add to the expenses of our solid waste disposal
  • They are part of our climate change problem

What about paper bags?

Regretfully, paper bags are not a good alternative. We need 14 million trees to produce the 10 billion paper grocery bags that we use every year. It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag and paper bags generate 70% more air pollutants than plastic bags.

Our Initiative

To reduce the use of disposable bags, we want to encourage the use reusable bags. This is why we will propose our town boards of Mount Kisco and Bedford the same ordinance that has already been successfully adopted in Hastings, Armonk, Chappaqua, Millwood and Rye. It is an ordinance that bans the use of single use plastic grocery bags in groceries, convenience stores and in pharmacies. Paper bags will be still available at those same stores for a fee of 10 cents. Restaurants and boutiques will be exluded from the ban.

Please help us to convince our town boards to make the right choice. Please sign the petition!

The Reusable Bag Initiative, contact: info@thereusablebaginitiative.org, tel 646 202 1611