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Darien to side with the Environment…..

Work with us to save the environment by encouraging the use of reusable bags. Sign the petition that will request the Board of Selectmen to put in an ordinance to ban plastic shopping bags in Darien. To learn more, send us an email, join us for the following events in town, and stay tuned for more:

  • in the bag : the art and politics of the reusable bag movement. This show, displayed at the Darien Nature Center, features a selection of art work as well as beautifully designed plastic bags made from recycled materials.
    Candybar wrapper bag
    As a kick off for the In the Bag exhibit at the Darien Nature Center, this beautiful bag made of recycled candy wrappers was raffled off. The lucky winner was Pat Atkin, retired Tokeneke School art teacher. An array of beautiful bags made of recycled plastic bags, juice boxes and yellow pages are on display at the Darien Nature Center through April 23. Nature Center hours are weekdays from 9:00 – 4:00 and on Saturday from 9:00 – 1:00.

  • Presentation to the Darien Board of Selectman on April 11th. More information will be posted shortly.
  • Bag It! Was screened at the Darien Library on March 6th at 5:30 pm. This movie provided a better understanding of the negative impacts that plastic bags have on our environment and on society.

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)

Invitation to Bag It!

Choose to Reuse in Darien & The Darien Library
Invites you (and your friends and family)
To a Screening of the award-winning documentary
“Bag It!”
Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 pm
At the Darien Library
Reception to follow

Paper and Plastic Bag Facts