Californians use over 13 billion single-use plastic bags every year. These lightweight bags blow out of trashcans and landfills and end up in our oceans and waterways. They attract toxins, breakdown into smaller pieces and harm whales, fish, turtles, and other animals that mistake them for food. Napa’s single-use bag reduction ordinance went into effect this year, and Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a statewide ban on these plastic bags that was supposed to go into effect July 1, 2015. To help ensure more people reusable bags, SB 270 also includes a 10 cent charge on recycled paper bags.
The #MyBag social media campaign invites you to go online and post pictures of yourself, friends, and family, with reusable bags you use at the store. Whether it’s a bag you’ve decorated, a trendy bag you take everywhere, or a trusty reusable bag you got at the grocery store, show the world what bag you’re using to move past the era of disposable plastic bag pollution.
Post your #MyBag selfie to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms, and make sure the world knows you’ve had enough of single-use plastic bags polluting the environment. Explain your support for California’s plastic bag ban; encourage your friends, family, and followers to do the same and be sure to include #MyBag hashtag to help spread the word.
However, plastic bag companies from Texas and South Carolina have spent over $3 million on a signature-gathering campaign that is forcing California’s law onto the November 2016 ballot and delaying the ban until voters cast their votes on a referendum.