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What You Can Do

    1. Use reusable canvas or cloth bags.
    Reusable bags are more environmentally friendly than paper or plastic. Most grocery and big box stores now offer reusable bags for sale to customers. Keep them in your car for the next time you have to run out to shop.

    2. Say “No thank you.”
    Not all items require a bag so tell the clerk, “No thank you.” Carry small purchase items like a magazine, one piece of candy, or drink to the car instead of in a plastic bag. If you have more items, ask the store for a carton, or carry items in the cart to your car OR buy some reusable bags; If this happens often enough, you will automatically remember to keep bags in your car and to carry them into the store!!

    3. Reuse!
    Reuse the plastic bags you have. If you even reuse each of your bags once, you will cut down usage by 50%.

    4. Tell a friend.
    Get others to use reusable bags. Talk to them about the harm that plastic bags cause and direct them to this website to learn more about the ‘ban the bag’ movement in Darien.

    5. Tell a stranger.
    when you see someone walking into the grocery store without their own bags, or leaving the grocery store with a cart full of plastic bags, simply ask them if they’ve ever considered bringing their own reusable bags. Maybe, if you have an extra, you can share one of yours with them! Sometimes people just need a simple reminder! (taken from comments by jmg44)

6 comments to What You Can Do

  • LINDA

    Great ideas – great picture and info. I will take some pics and send them along soon.
    If you must have a plastic bag or 2 to line your home waste baskets – please try and make sure they are recyleble ones.

  • Gula

    Love the web site! I also like to get the paper bags and use them as trash bags in the bedrooms – they stand up, so no need for the plastic bin+plastic bag and paper bags hold up more

  • Maddie

    Love the website! Also like the various links. I plan to spend some time exploring them. esp. interesting is “the story of stuff”.
    Good job!

  • jmg44

    Just a thought….when you see someone walking into the grocery store without their own bags, or leaving the grocery store with a cart full of plastic bags, simply ask them if they’ve ever considered bringing their own reusable bags. Maybe, if you have an extra, you can share one of yours with them! Sometimes people just need a simple reminder!

  • Festa4_California

    A lot of events here in California give away reusable bags to attendees as part of marketing strategies. This helps in two ways. The advertisers get free publicity and a person is given their first bag. This can be a start to what is ultimately a collection! I completely agree with jmg44, some people need a simple reminder, as well as a start.

  • It’s time to make this mandatory in Darien. I feel that following the lead of other towns in doing so will send a compelling message to other Fairfield County towns and beyond to not be left behind in taking real action and as increasing awareness begin to take hold.

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