We are excited to announce the first ever Bring Your Own Bag Day in Santa Cruz County on Thursday, December 15!
In the spirit of holiday giving, Save Our Shores will distribute over 5,000 reusable bags to community members on Bring Your Own Bag Day with the help of our many Partner locations.
SOS will hand out custom-made, reusable canvas bags from 4-6pm at the following locations:
- Mi Pueblo Foods in Watsonville
- The Capitola Mall
- Live Oak Supermarket
- Scotts Valley Market
- Kmart in Scotts Valley
- Nob Hill
John Leopold, Santa Cruz County Supervisor, will be at Live Oak Market at 4pm to talk to residents about Santa Cruz’s progress in stopping plastic pollution in our community. Says John, "Using your own bag is a great way to help the environment and stop pollution from hitting our beaches."
- Longtime friend of SOS Dan Haifley will also take part in the event while spreading the reusable bag cheer at the Capitola Mall!
- 5 Safeway stores throughout the county will give away reusable shopping bags while supplies last at each of their 5 locations.
- All 5 New Leaf Community Markets will host Double Enviro-Token Day to encourage reusable bag use and further support local non-profits!
- Whole Foods Markets on Soquel Avenue and 41st Avenue will hand out reusable produce bags while supplies last.
- Deluxe Foods is handing out their own bags.
- And our friends at Charlie Hong Kong will also hand out their own bags, making this a community-wide effort supported by retailers large and small.
SOS is also partnering with the Cities of Capitola, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, the County of Santa Cruz, and Green Waste, to conduct this county-wide reusable bag giveaway.
Why? Because plastic bags are a harmful, petroleum-based product of convenience, are not biodegradable, rarely recycled, harmful to marine species, and are constantly found polluting the waterways and communities surrounding the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
“The detrimental impacts of single-use plastic bags are indisputable. From the oil needed to manufacture and transport bags around the planet to the massive amount of plastic trash destroying our oceans, threatening marine life, and contaminating our food web, this relic of the past is a wasteful contributor to pollution,” says Mark Stone, Santa Cruz County Supervisor and author of Santa Cruz County’s ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags.
Find all you need to know at: http://saveourshores.org/news-events/BYOB-day.php