In 2014, the City of South Pasadena adopted a Plastic Bag Ban in an effort to reduce the presence of plastic bags in the environment. These bags fly around, littering streets, polluting waterways and harming wildlife. Did you know....
- Plastic bags are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource
- Plastic does not biodegrade, it only fragments into smaller pieces
- Studies show the number of plastic carryout bags equals about 500 to 600 bags per person per year
- Fly-away or littered bags get into our streets, water ways and ocean
- There is six times as much plastic debris as plankton in parts of the North Pacific Ocean
- Each year over 1,000,000 birds and sea mammals die from plastic ingestion or entanglement
- 100,000 marine mammals die annually from plastic debris
Reusable bags save money and help the environment each time that we use them!
Tips to Keep Your Reusable Bags Clean
By now, BYOB (bringing your own bag) is probably habit. It’s also a good habit to use different bags for certain items, like meat. This way, you can wash these bags on a regular basis, while your bags used for carrying cereal boxes or cookie tins can be washed as needed. For more suggestions on keeping your reusable bags clean, surf the web for sites like www.cleaninginstitute.org.
Here are a few tips to get the most out of your reusable bags:
- Put your meat in the clear plastic bags provided in the meat section.
- Have more than one bag and label them as Meat, Produce, Dairy, etc.
- Only use these labeled bags for carrying food - no gym clothes, chemicals or gardening supplies.
- Do not leave unwashed bags in your car. The heat is a perfect incubator for bacteria to multiply.
- Launder Your Reusable Bags - Some bags have labels with instructions on how to launder them. For those that do not, here are some general guidelines:
- Bags made of woven canvas can be laundered in hot water with your usual detergent. These can be put in the dryer or line dried.
- Bags made of composite man-made fibers like nonwoven polypropylene, recycled PET or nylon can be hand washed or laundered on the gentle cycle, preferably with antibacterial soap. Wash inside out and pay special attention to the nooks and crannies around the seams. Best to air dry these types of bags.
- Bags made of laminated reusable bags should be turned inside out and wiped down with a wet cloth or washed with a disinfectant spray.