NY's "Bring Your Own Bag" kicks off March 1st
I'm grateful (and frankly, proud) to say that we live in the state where it doesn't take a lot to convince local politicians to do more for our planet because the majority of them agree and are already taking drastic measures, like passing a statewide ban on plastic carryout bags. Thanks, Governor Cuomo!
And thanks to the many activists who advocated for the passing of this bill.
Starting March 1, 2020, all plastic carryout bags are banned from distribution by anyone required to collect New York State sales tax, whether the sale is tax exempt or not. There are exceptions from this ban though, like plastic bags that wrap uncooked meat or used for bulk produce and nuts. Here's the complete list.
We already know the negative impact plastic bags have on the environment, especially marine animals, the media has covered it enough. Hopefully, it'll only be a matter of time until New York (or better yer, the whole world) bans single use plastic altogether. Until that happens, it's up to us as consumers to help reduce plastic pollution by bringing our own bags.
So if you haven't already been doing it, make sure to always have reusable bags handy, preferably ones that you can wash and use over and over. Stash one in your work bag and a few in your car, somewhere where you'll always remember to grab it whenever you need to run into the store. I know it's a bit of a hassle, but Mother Earth and its inhabitants will all be better off in the long run.
Don't already have reusable bags? Check out our plastic-free shopping bag collection.