Duluth Group Pushing to Reduce Plastic Bag Use

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 09, 2019 11:06 PM

A Duluth group is hoping to cut down on the amount of plastic and paper bags we use. 

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They are hoping to help that initiative with the upcoming "Bag-athon" event on Saturday, April 20 that will be held at several locations across the city. They include:

  • Spark Works, 1832 W. Superior St.
  • Hannah Fabrics, 4511 E. Superior St.
  • Sew Duluth (Duluth Folk School), 1917 W. Superior St.
  • Yarn Harbor, 4629 E. Superior St.

The event is intended to increase the availability of reusable carryout bags and raise awareness about the climate impacts and plastic pollution associated with single use disposable plastic and paper bags. 

Usually when you go to the grocery store, your items are bagged with either paper or plastic, but Bag it Duluth wants reusable bags to be the new trend. 

The community will have the chance to sew themselves a reusable bag at the upcoming "Bag-athon" event. 

The Rochester Institute of Technology estimates 22 million pounds of plastic end up in the Great Lakes each year. That's why Bag it Duluth coordinator Jamie Harvie says it's time to make the change from plastic to reusable bags.

"In this climate emergency, our lakes and our oceans filling with plastic, it's a time of distress. People are feeling that distress, and so why not do it together and give ourselves the collective resilience that comes from working in communities," said Harvie.

Bag it Duluth is also hoping the Duluth city council will pass an ordinance, which would place a fee on paper and plastic bags, make straws available only by request, and get rid of styrofoam to-go containers.

Fabric donations of one yard or longer for the "Bag-athon" event are being accepted until April 17 at the following locations: 

  • Chester Creek Cafe
  • Whole Foods Co-op
  • Joann Fabric
  • Duluth Grill
  • Duluth Folk School
  • McTavish Quilting Studio
  • Adeline, Inc.
  • Hannah Johnson Fabrics & Sewing Studio

Fabric and thread will be provided at the "Bag-athon" event, and most places will have sewing machines, but bringing your own equipment is encouraged.

Finished bags can be dropped off at McTavish Quilting located in Duluth at 1831 E. 8th Street.


Ryan Juntti

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