From September 15th-21st, Surfrider NYC is teaming up with groups across the city to challenge all of New York City to bring their own bags instead of consuming more single-use bags (i.e. paper or plastic) during #BYOBag Week. Our main focus is plastic bags but we’re saying "no" to all single-use carryout bags (including paper) to significantly reduce our environmental footprint.
There are a ton of ways to reduce waste and help keep this planet clean and healthy not just for you but for future generations. Let’s start together today!
What is the Challenge?
We want you to go (at least) one entire week without using a single-use carryout bag. Instead, show off your unique style and commitment to reducing waste with a reusable bag! Count the number of single-use carryout bags you refuse this week and let us know at the end of the week. (Also let us know if you inspired others at the store to do the same!)
Are you ready to help make a huge difference in NYC?! Let’s get started . . .
Tips for the Week:
- Looking for a reusable bag? Start at home. Chances are you have a great bag stashed in a closet somewhere. You can also use a single-use bag that you've been hiding under your sink or in a cabinet - as long as it's not a new one!
- If you don’t have a reusable bag, you can find them almost anywhere. Most grocery stores sell reusable bags in a variety of options. Keep an eye out at community events for reusable bag giveaways. You can even make your own!
- Put your reusable bag in your backpack, purse, or briefcase RIGHT NOW so you don't forget and for quick access when you're shopping.
- If you forget your reusable bag - and the item is small enough to fit in your backpack, purse, or whatever you carry - use that! If you're just buying one or two things you might not even need a bag.
One last thing: Let your friends, family, classmates and coworkers know that you are participating in #BYOBag week! Talk about #BYOBag week on social media then send everyone in your family, office, school and neighborhood this email and invite them to join us!
It's going to be an awesome week! Have fun!
Are you ready to take the challenge? Sign up below.