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Reusable Bags: Activist Abby Fights On!

We first introduced you to Abby Goldberg three years ago (almost to the day!).

As a 13 year old in 2012, she helped persuade former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn into vetoing legislation that would have created a statewide plastic bag recycling program, while at the same time forbidding local bans on plastic bag.

As we predicted, Abby (now a high school junior) still has great passion for reducing plastic bag consumption.

This month is Bring Your Own Bag Month in Abby’s hometown of Grayslake, Il. Mayor Rhett Taylor said she was the driving force behind the resolution, approved last week.

At least one local retailer has agreed to participate in the month-long educational effort to encourage shoppers to use reusable bags, but all Grayslake businesses are being encouraged to participate in cost-effective bag programs with reusable or cloth bags.

The new thicker, “reusable” plastic bags aren’t a solution (read why here). They can take up to 10 times longer to deteriorate than the regular plastic bags.

As Abby says, “Just because you think plastic bags are a small problem doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be fixed. It’s such an easy solution. Stop giving them out for free and stop taking them.”

What she said.

Watch her testimony here:

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