The practice phase is over. We ARE going to save the planet from plastic bags. Or at least start trying harder in Kirkland. I'm not sure if you are aware, but there is a disgusting pile of plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean fondly referred to as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." I don't want to give you an ecology lesson but there's plenty of reading if you need to get motivated.
Starting March 1, 2016 disposable plastic bags will be banned in the City of Kirkland. No more forgetting them in your trunk!! The city's plastic bag ordinance restricts retailers from offering plastic bags to consumers at the point of sale. If you don't bring your own reusable bags, then retailers are required to charge at least five cents for each large paper shopping bag. Retailers are allowed to provide plastic bags for items such as bulk and frozen foods, meat and fish, take-out foods, newspapers, and dry cleaning, and to sell pet waste and garbage bags. If you have questions, you can visit kirklandwa.gov/bringyourbag for specific information or contact the Recycling Hotline at 425-587-3812 or email@example.com.
And just to make this plastic/garbage topic even more fun, I feel like giving away a prize! The first THREE blog readers add a comment about something else they have done to help save our planet lately, will receive a pair of these beauuutiful Earthwise reusable grocery bags, compliments of the Kirkland Weblog. Don't email me, comment below. Go!