|South Pasadena was recently recognized as a top green city in the United States, for the efforts taken to ban plastic bags.|
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. Reusable bags save money and help the environment each time that we use them!
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
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.