Glen Rock (NJ) Environmental Commission Creates a ‘Shop Local and BYO Bag’ Initiative

By Andy Curshen, Glen Rock Environmental Commission
 
It all started with this charming and witty cartoon. Glen Rock resident and master cartoonist Hy Eisman drew it for the Glen Rock Environmental Commission.With a grant from the Community Catalyst Fund, we put that cartoon on one side of a big bright yellow reusable bag.
 

But we wanted to promote local merchants so on the other side we printed……..

Residents loved them and started using them

 

Even the Mayor and the entire Borough Council loved them and asked everyone to use them.

We printed posters for merchants to place in their windows to tell people they had bags.

 

 If all of our residents took reusable bags to their local shops most of the time, more than 1,000,000 plastic bags a year would be taken out of circulation and car owners would save gas and reduce their output of carbon.

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