Monday, April 18, 2011

We're Hopping!

It's "Plastic Pollution Reduction Month" and we're hopping with action and activities! The last 2 weekends at our downtown Farmers Market Bag It Bellingham generated over 500 signatures from people who support the proposed city ordinance to reduce single-use bags in Bellingham!

We have 3 movie screenings scheduled for the award winning film, "Bag It" and they are all FREE and open to the public!

April 19th
Edens North Residence Hall, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225
7pm – open to the public
contact -

April 27th
Whatcom Community College, Syre Center Auditorium
237 W. Kellogg Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226.
1:30 – 3:30 pm – open to the public
Contact - Blanche Bybee

May 1st
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
6:30 pm – open to the public
Contact - Linda Fels

April 21st - Bag It Bellingham is having a workshop "Ubiquitous Plastic - How to Get a Grip on the Plastics in your Life" at the Sustainable Living Center above the RE Store. 7-9 pm.

April 22nd - EARTH DAY, you can find Bag It Bellingham at the Earth Day celebration at WWU, Performing Arts Center Square from 11-2. Big event with lots of activities and Mayor Dan Pike will be reading the Mayoral Proclamation declaring April Plastic Pollution Reduction Month!

April 23rd - We will also be at WWU Earth Day Celebration at WWU from 10-4 and at downtown Farmers Market.

April 28th - Come see the "Clean Bin Project" at the Sustainable Living Center above the RE Store, 7-9 pm. This movie was made in Vancouver and is about 2 people who tried to live without plastic and other trash for a year!!!

To learn more about other events hosted by RE Sources during "Plastic Pollution Reduction Month" visit RE Sources for Sustainable Communities event series link.

Hop into action this April and reduce your plastic!
Bag Monster photo courtesy of Joe Dunko, AS Review

Friday, April 8, 2011

April is Plastic Pollution Reduction Month!

April is Plastic Pollution Reduction Month and we're off and running! The Bag It Bellingham effort kick-off on April 1st was a huge success! Western's Performing Arts Center filled up the entire center section with nearly 200 people and everyone received one of our Chico Bags, provided by Sierra Club and screen printing donated by Bellingham Screen Printing!

Thank you to our movie sponsors, Associated Students Environmental Center, WWU Office of Sustainability, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Community Food Co-op and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. We couldn't have had such an event without their support! Additional thanks to Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for joining the other tablers with their incredible lobby display. We generated 135 signatures for our petition to support our city's proposed bag ordinance and signed up 73 volunteers, 30 people who want to schedule a "Bag It" movie screening and 36 letter writers!

We ended the night with a speech from Mayor Dan Pike and a presentation of his Mayoral Proclamation declaring April "Plastic Pollution Reduction Month" in the city of Bellingham!

Loads of events going on all month through RE Sources! We are hosting a Plastics Workshop on April 21st and "The Clean Bin Project" movie screening on April 28th, both at the Sustainable Living Center, 7-9pm.

Want to schedule a movie screening or volunteer with Bag It Bellingham, email Jill at If interested in Bag It Bellingham presenting at your work, church, organization, email Brooks, our Education and Outreach Coordinator at It's a busy month ahead! We look forward to everyone's help in spreading the word. Let's double our Facebook presence from 200 to 400! Visit and 'like' to get updates. Take time to read the proposed ordinance and talk it up with your friends!