Saratoga Springs Working To Ban Plastic

Saratoga Springs Working To Ban Plastic

Saratoga Springs, NY, Aug. 27,2014 (PBBR) - On August 15, I visited the City of Saratoga Springs, New York. A grassroots group, BYOBag Saratoga has been working for several months to get a plastic bag ban implemented in the City of Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga Springs is home to natural mineral springs.
Saratoga Springs is home to natural mineral springs.

I had the privilege of meeting with Ms. Ann Samuelson, C0-Chairperson of the Reusable Bag Initiative, and discussing issues facing the group. Margie Shepard is also Co-Chairperson of the Reusable Bag Initiative which is an outreach of Sustainable Saratoga.

Sustainable Saratoga is a not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable practices and the protection of natural resources, through education, advocacy and action, for the benefit of current and future generations in the Saratoga Springs area.

Bring Your Own Bag (BYOBag) Saratoga is an initiative to change retailer and consumer dependence on single-use, thin film plastic shopping bags in Saratoga Springs.

In June, BYOB Saratoga launched a petition drive to encourage residents and businesses to support the campaign. With the support of Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen, the BYOBag initiative will present the signed petitions to the City Council this fall with the goal of passing an ordinance banning the plastic bags. Read the press release.

In talking with Ms. Shepard, she and I have a common concern about toxins in plastic causing many health concerns in humans. Ms. Shepard stated: "I understand how difficult it is to come up with a definitive answer, but it seems that many arrows point at toxins in plastic as having an effect on human health."

I couldn't agree more. As I stated in a recent article, there are no studies currently that prove the connection between toxins in plastic and human health, but one day there will be. It's simple.

Our oceans supply tons of fish each year for human consumption. Studies have proven that fish ingest plastic that is floating in the oceans. We eat the fish. Therefore, humans have plastic toxins also because we have eaten the fish that has ingested the plastic containing toxins.

I applaud the efforts of BYOB Saratoga! Have patience and continue the work that you are doing. A ban will come to pass!

To learn more about BYOBag Saratoga or to support the campaign with a donation, please visit


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