For The Love of Place!
                                                           Bag it Duluth

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For the Love of Place, Bag it Duluth!
We are a diverse group of Duluth citizens, businesses and organizations that care deeply about our community and have come together to promote zero waste strategies. We are working to shift a cultural mindset away from disposal and single use towards a livable economy that works for all and future generations.

As education by itself is not sufficient, we advocate for voluntary and City Council policy change. Following the model set by communities across the nation and globe, we support a local ordinance that would encourage reusable carry-out bags and environmentally preferable to-go containers. We embrace efforts to reduce straws and promote zero waste.
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What we Believe

The City of Duluth is recognized as a national leader for its support and promotion of active living and the outdoor environment. Our community has a demonstrated “love of place” for the natural beauty we share. Our City has made sustainability a governing principle in its comprehensive plan and has passed a variety of resolutions supporting environmental stewardship.Yet, as creatures of habit, good intention doesn't always translate into changed behavior.

This effort helps connect the different values we individually embrace, linking us as a community:

  • as an outdoor City, we want to show case and keep our landscapes and water clean
  • we are an award winning City, one that leads the state and country
  • we are a City and community that cares about our children and future generations
  • we are prudent and use our financial and natural resources wisely
  • we work to minimize and alleviate unnecessary suffering to wildlife
  • we are a City that shares an upspoken feeling about the sacred beauty and connection we feel to this place we call home

Fortunately, many businesses and citizens already practice many of the behaviors the legislation aims to encourage.

bag it Slang 1. To cease participating in an activity
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Ordinance FAQ's and Fact Sheets
We have prepared and now shared detailed responses to specific questions raised by some Duluth City Councilors about the ordinance. These are similar but more detailed than our frequently asked questions our FAQ's which have been widely available.  For our fact sheet and references to the impacts of single use products see our zero waste fact sheet.

Add Your Name to the Pledge!

Take a look at the more than 2100 Duluthians that have added their name to the Bag it Duluth Zero Waste Pledge! Join them, by adding your name here!
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Duluth City Council: It is Time to Act!

The list of cities and states supporting initiative similar to the Bag it Duluth proposal keeps growing by the hundreds.

Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Deleware, New York, California, Oregon have all passed state wide straw, sytrofoam and/or bag fees. 

Here are links to some select examples: In New Jersey, 28 municipalities have now but restrictions on single use bags.   Lunenberg and other cities such as Boston, in Massacheusets have joined other communities who have passed plastic bag bans.  Charleston, NC just passed their bag ordinance. Similarly, the Council in Long Beach Island, NJ  and Anchorage, Alaska  passed similar ordinances while in a November ballot initiative citizens in Chicago voted by a margin of 55% to support of a ban on plastic straws.  Do you wonder why Duluth city councilors are failing to act? Please call or email your Duluth City councilors and ask them directly. There contact information is here.

Duluth New Tribune Op-Ed by Bag it Coordinator Jamie Harvie. "When the bathtub is overflowing, common sense tells us to first turn off the tap. more
Duluth News Tribune Opinion Editorial - We urge Duluth City Council to Lead
"It is no longer acceptable to believe that because we love our big lake and surrounding rivers and streams we are "environmentalists." We have to prove that we are, as individuals and a community ...The League of Women Voters Duluth urges the Duluth City Council to lead the community" Link to full article
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