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Source: ShorelinePlus

Plastic Bag Monster rallies for CT to kick the plastic bag habit

BY CITIZENS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Posted: September 17, 2010
Originally Published: September 16, 2010

The Plastic Bag Monster is on a journey across the United States to raise awareness of the dangers and wasteful nature of single use plastic bags. On Tuesday, the Plastic Bag Monster rallied with environmentalists in Connecticut. The Plastic Bag Monster’s distinctive outfit is comprised of 500 plastic bags, which represents the average number of bags used each American annually. On the shores of the Long Island Sound, the Plastic Bag Monster, also known as Chico reusable bag inventor, Andy Keller, set up a massive 900-square foot “Don’t Feed the Monster” installation, with 46,000 plastic bags, the number of plastic bags a person will use in their lifetime.

“Plastic bags litter the streets and harm our oceans” said Brittany Ferenz, Connecticut Coordinator, Citizen Campaign for the Environment, “We use over 100 billion plastic bags each year in America. The answer is simple, cheap, and easy. BYOB- Bring Your Own Bag. It’s something easy that everyone can do to help the environment.”

The Plastic Bag Monster stopped in Fairfield County, where local towns are considering adopting a ban on one-time use plastic bags. Andy Keller encouraged towns to address the problem of plastic bags, “Don’t take a plastic bag if you don’t need one, the solution is simple use a reusable bag.”

The town of a Wilton will be holding a public hearing on the possibility of a ban on one-time use disposable bags, Monday September 20, 2010 at 7pm at the Wilton Library. The public has the opportunity to urge the Wilton Board of Selectmen to develop a resolution to reduce plastic bag pollution at the checkout counter.

In 2008, neighboring Westport, CT banned the free give-away of plastic bags at the checkout counter. This successful policy resulted in a 70% increase in people bringing their own reusable bags when shopping. “Westport’s leadership is a huge success” stated Ferenz, “Reducing plastic bag pollution has a profound effect on our land and water: from the aesthetics of our streets to the ecological health of our Long Island Sound.”