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Join use for the 2nd Annual
"A Day Without a Bag - Our Gift to the Environment"
Thursday, December 18, 2008 and beyond

Sea Turtles Don't Shop!

Over 100,000 marine animals DIE every year
from PLASTIC entanglement!

It's easy - just make a commitment to not use any disposable bags on December 18 and every day thereafter. The Sea Turtles will LOVE YOU!

Volunteers Needed: We need volunteers to help before the event with outreach to the public, non-profit partners and cities. Please Join us at our December 10th, CAPP Volunteer Meeting or email our office at

Non-profit Partners: We are looking for non-profits partners in Orange County to assist with outreach, publicity, tabling at grocery stores, and recruiting volunteers. Click here for Partnership Request and Partnership Form

City Partners: We are looking for Cities in Orange County to issue an official "A Day Without a Bag" Proclamation. assist with outreach, donation of bags and publicity. Click Here for City Request Letter and Sample Proclamation.

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The problem

Plastic bags are:

  • Made from petroleum, a nonrenewable resource.
  • A serious litter problem since they are lightweight and hard to contain (blow around).
  • Non-biodegradable, breaking into smaller particles BUT never fully disappearing.
  • Mistaken for food by marine animals (particularly sea turtles).
  • One of the most numerous items of litter along with cigarette butts and Styrofoam.
  • A major part of waste in our landfills.

"I'm the problem, I'm the solution"

The solution

  • Bring your own cloth bag.
  • Ask for paper bag (holds 5 to 6 times more than a plastic bag).
  • Ask your merchant to promote cloth bags (charge for plastic or provide incentives for cloth).
  • Encourage development of bags made from natural products such as cornstarch and soy.
  • Write your elected officials regarding the hazards of plastic bags.
  • Participate in a community/beach cleanup.

It's a global thing!

Other countries are ahead of the United States in finding ways to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment!

Polythene plastic bags have been banned completely - the government is promoting bags made of jute, a natural fiber.

Individual consumers are required to pay a 15c tax per plastic bag - this has resulted in an estimated 90% reduction in plastic bag use in the first year.

The European Union:
Member countries require manufacturers/producers of plastic bags and other plastic waste to take them back and recycle them.

Taiwan and South Africa:
Both countries prohibit the thinner plastic bags - this encourages people to bring their own bags since retailers can't afford to provide the more expensive, thicker plastic bags for free.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Buy your drinks in glass or aluminum containers
    (75% of aluminum cans are recycled only 36% of plastic bottles)
  • Bring your own mug or cup
  • Reuse plastic utensils and containers
  • Make plastic bags into jump ropes, rugs, and hats

"The leatherback turtle can keep itself warm in cold water, dive over 1000 meters below sea level, travel thousands of miles and gulp down a Portuguese man-of-war but is threatened by the inert plastic shopping bag" - Mrosovky, N. 1987

Plastics, like diamonds, are forever!

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"In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We only love what we understand. We only understand what we are taught."
-Babia Dioum Senegalese Ecologist

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