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"Bag-athon" Helps Promote Reusable Bag Use

The The "Bag-athon" was held on Saturday to increase the availability of reusable carry-out bags around Duluth.  |  Photo: WDIO-TV

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Updated: April 20, 2019 11:22 PM

A new initiative has local sewers collaborating at several locations in the Northland to help promote reusable, carry-out bags.  

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The "Bag-athon" aims to increase the availability of reusable carry-out bags. It also aims to raise awareness throughout the area about the climate impacts, and plastic pollution associated with single-use disposable plastic, and paper bags. 

Related: Duluth Group Pushing to Reduce Plastic Bag Use

The movement is starting to gain traction.

"There's five sites throughout Duluth where we're making reusable bags, which we're going to give away for free in the community in areas where we don't think people are utilizing as many cloth bags or don't talk about bags, and get the conversation going that we need to just start using reusable bags," said event organizer Kirsten Aune.    

Organizers say over 115 businesses and organizations have added their name to the Bag it Duluth pledge. It asks the Duluth City Council to follow the lead of hundreds of cities across the country that have adopted similar legislation.

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