L.A.’s Bring Your Own Bag Campaign Gains Momentum

December 05, 2013
When it comes to choosing between paying for single-use bags and bringing reusable shopping bags with you to the store, most people are hoping that an affordable, eco-friendly alternative wins at the end of the day. In L.A., this hope has morphed into the “Bring Your Own Bag” campaign which has been recently launched in Los Angeles. Paper, Plastic or Reusable Shopping Bags? In most U.S. communities, the choice between paper and plastic single-use bags has been hard to make. Plastic pollutes the environment and destroys sea life while paper bags require a steady supply of fresh wood from trees and fossil fuel energy to produce. Given these options, the only safe choice for the environment is a reusable shopping bag, which is constructed from eco-friendly materials, and one you can carry anytime you go shopping. In theory, any bag works as an alternative when you don’t want to use plastic bags for quick and simple shopping trips. The “Bring Your Own Bag” campaign is making it easier by giving away reusable shopping bags to Angelinos prior to the plastic bag ban which is set to go into effect January 1, 2014. The Free, Eco-friendly Alternative Large retail stores in L.A. will begin charging 10 cents for paper bags beginning in 2014, a fee which small stores will begin charging in July 2014 for every bag they give out. On the other hand, consumers carrying eco-friendly reusable bags will be charged nothing, of course. In many ways, committing to bringing your own bag is a commitment to never using single-use bags again. Local business owners who want to take the cause a step further can order wholesale grocery bags as the plastic bag ban goes into effect. Designing bags with your company name and logo gives you the opportunity to promote your business while making it easy for shoppers who need a reusable bag. Wholesale grocery bags can be given away as part of a promotion or sold at cost to boost your brand recognition. Whether you want to show your support for a very green initiative or provide a great service to customers, reusable bags is a great way to start. For more information or for a quote please visit www.holdenbags.com or contact us at 800.255.0885.