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Local Grocery Stores to Offer Extra Incentives to LA Shoppers Who Bring Their Own Reusable Bags

December 12, 2012 by adminify

That’s right…shoppers will have a chance to win a $100 gift card if they bring their own reusable bag.

The sixth annual “Day Without a Bag” is sponsored by Heal the Bay, and will likely be the last event as the Los Angeles city ordinance banning plastic bags is set to take effect May 23, 2013.

“A Day Without a Bag” is an education and grassroots event coordinated by Heal the Bay that involves community groups, businesses and individuals throughout the state of California. This year’s A Day Without a Bag is set for Dec. 20, 2012, and will include “Bag-Free Blocks” where businesses come together to go reusable.  It is Heal the Bay’s “Holiday Gift to the Environment”! Earthwise is a proud sponsor of this wonderful event and has been for the past several years.

A select group of grocery stores will distribute free reusable bags on December 20th and offer additional discounts for customers who use their own reusable bags.

Heal the Bay is offering a $100 Vons gift card, t-shirts as well as other prizes. Albertsons will distribute free reusable bags across all its Los Angeles city stores from 11am to 1pm and Ralph’s will offer TRIPLE its reusable bag rebate.

“We’re hoping that this holiday season will be the last time Angelenos will see plastic bags as they do their gift shopping,” said Meredith McCarthy, Heal the Bay’s programs director, in a statement.  “We want shoppers to get in the habit of using the reusable bags stashed in their closets and car trunks all year round. Bringing your own reusable bag is one of the easiest ways to have a positive impact on your own neighborhood and improve the health of our oceans.”

According to Heal the Bay, there has been a 95% reduction in plastic bag distribution since L.A. County banned plastic bags in July of 2011 in unincorporated Los Angeles County. In addition, Cities and municipalities spend as much as $25 million to collect and dispose plastic bag waste, and less than 5% are recycled annually in Los Angeles, according to Heal the Bay.

If you would like to enter the Heal the Bay $100 gift card contest, take a picture of yourself or anyone using their reusable bag and post it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #RockinReusable and tag @HealtheBay to enter.

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