Friday, June 10, 2011

Updates! Updates! and More Updates!

Loads of updates as we move into June! We continue spreading the word about our bag reduction ordinance proposal and so far we have collected over 2500 signatures in support that we will pass onto the City Council! Above, the Bag Monster was busy gathering signatures at the Bill McKibben event on the Fairhaven Village Green last week! We continue with our education and outreach efforts and have visited 3/4 of our neighborhood association meetings throughout the city so far with most sharing unanimous support.

We were gifted 35 handmade bags crafted by a sewing group, from Bellingham Walkers Club, led by Helen McLeod! These bags were donated as prizes to Everybody Bike for Bike to Work/School Day on May 20th. Thank you to all the sewers for their creations! The beginning of June, Terra Organica launched their pilot program of the proposed ordinance and are proud to not use single-use carryout bags anymore. They are showing their support for the proposal by putting it into action now! Thank you Terra Organica!

On June 22nd the Pickford Film Center will be screening the award winning documentary, "Bag It" at 5:30 pm. If you are on Facebook, please share our event link with your friends. Thanks for spreading the word!

If you haven't done so already, we would love for you to write to your City Councilmembers and let them know that you support the proposed bag reduction ordinance and why. It's important that they hear from you. Here is an email address that will reach all of them at once:

Did you know that World Oceans Day was a couple of days ago? Here is a GREAT video that tells about the ocean's gyres and the plastic soup found there. Getting rid of single-use plastic at the source is a solution worth implementing!

All the updates for now! Happy June!