In Bellingham, Washington, two ladies decided that they wanted a plastic bag ban in their town. Brookes Anderson and Jill McIntyre Witt started the ball rolling. They called their group “Bag It Bellingham”.
Then they engaged the help of Seth Fleetwood, a City Councilman. “We have plans for a Citizen Awareness & Education Outreach throughout the community,” stated Ms. Anderson when I interviewed her.
A Facebook page was set up and the ladies started talking to others in the community. Then they went to the local newspaper which did a front page article about their idea.
They worked hard, never gave up, and four months after starting, a plastic bag ban was passed by the city. In fact, Bellingham’s ordinance was used as a model for Seattle’s ordinance.
“Bag It Bellingham did a tremendous amount of outreach in the community to show support,” said Seth Fleetwood. “I am thrilled that Bellingham continues to be a recognized leader of sustainability.”
“From all of our work with the residents of Bellingham, we are inspired by the willingness of everyone to embrace this step,” said Brooks Anderson of Bag It Bellingham. “Retailers and the city will reduce their costs. It seems a win-win for the stores, environment and the city.”
Jill MacIntyre Witt, of Bag It Bellingham, continued, “It is nice to know that Bellingham is doing their proportionate share towards being part of the solution. We are helping spread the message to the rest of Washington and hope this encourages other cities and the state to pass similar legislation.”
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