DULUTH, MN– Promote zero waste strategies. That’s what Duluth based organization Bag It Duluth has teamed up with the community to do.
The group’s main goal is to make the community aware of the damage single-use plastic bags have on our environment.
Bag It Duluth hit the streets this Memorial Day weekend. The group gave families free handmade reusable bags Saturday at the corner of Bristol Street and Central Avenue during a special Bagathon.
The bags were sewn by citizens from across Duluth in an effort to promote city-wide reusable bag use.
Over 200 bags were available at the Bag-it tent and officials say they gave away most of them
119 businesses across Duluth have signed a petition asking the City Council to put a small fee on single-use plastic bags. The goal is not to ban the bags, but to get people in the mindset of using reusable bags.
Jamie Harvie with Bag It Duluth says, “It’s really our part of the campaign to educate people about the impacts of plastics but at its core make sure that everyone has access to these bags and that we can really shift the culture of Duluth.”
A superior resident originally from the U-K stopped by the Bagathon. He says overseas, they have had a fee on plastic bags for years now and its become a part of their culture to bring reusable bags while shopping.
John Palmer of Superior says, “The bag idea came about probably a good 15 years ago. I remember the first time the supermarkets in England stopped buying bags. So when I saw this I thought, I gotta check this out and see what’s happening.”
Bag It official say the amount of money spent by retailers on single-use bags every year could instead purchase 10 reusable bags for every citizen in Duluth, reduce clean up and landfill costs, and mitigate climate change.
Harvie says the organization wants to make sure reusable bags are accessible for everyone but they don’t want to giveaway bags forever. He says if the Duluth City Council passes an ordinance to place a fee on the bags it would increase the use of reusable bags because people would want to avoid that fee.
But for now, he says people want to sew and make bags. Another Bagathon will take place at a later, undetermined date.
For more on the Bag It Duluth campaign click here.