Single-use bag initiative

Posted January 5, 2018

Imagine finding a plastic bag from 150 years ago, and wondering why it’s still in tact. That’s a likely scenario for our future generations, considering it takes more than 200 years for high-density polyethylene plastic bags to degrade. Surprisingly, although paper bags take much less time to degrade, they have a larger carbon footprint, as production and transport costs outweigh those of plastic.

As of January 1st, 2018, Oak Parkers are encouraged to bring along a reusable bag while shopping at retail stores of 5,000 square feet or greater. In doing this, you’ll save 10 cents for every paper or plastic bag used to take home your purchases, and you’ll also play a part in helping our lovely planet! Currently, the list of participating retailers (some voluntarily) within the Downtown Oak Park business district includes Trader Joe’s, Gap, Pier 1 Imports, The Book Table, Target & Old Navy.

Oak Park joins the long list of worldwide communities that have adopted the environmentally friendly law. So go ahead and throw a few reusable bags in your trunk, or hang one by your door, or write BAG on the top of your grocery list so you remember to bring it into the store. Whatever it takes, just grab your bag. Everyone is doing it! 

For exceptions & more information please visit The Village of Oak Park’s website, including where you can pick a free reusable bag.