DULUTH, MN– Bag it Duluth had a special Bagathon in honor of Memorial Day.
Bag it Duluth gave families free handmade reusable bags during Saturday’s event.
The bags were sewn by citizen sewers from across Duluth in an effort to promote city-wide reusable bag use.
Approximately 200 bags were available at the Bag-it tent.
“We’re all concerned about the plastic problem. We have plastic in the St. Louis River, we have plastic in the Great Lakes. We have twenty million pounds every year coming in. We have plastics in Duluth beer,” said Jamie Harvie. “So what we’re trying to do is get City Council to pass an ordinance to put a fee on single-use bags to move away from styrofoam. We’re really excited about the culture change that is really starting to happen around this issue.”
Bag It official said the amount of money spent by retailers on single-use bags every year could instead purchase 10 reusable bags for every citizen in Duluth, reduce clean up and landfill costs, and mitigate climate change.