Bag it Duluth
or the Love of Place!

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With our new growing season on its way, we have a few more farmers ready to use the land and learn new skills. Modeled after similar farm incubator, social enterprise organizations such as Intervale,Growing Farms is looking for volunteers and donations. If you have time, energy and/or wisdom that you'd like to share, please contact us!

Bag it, Duluth!

We are a diverse group of Duluth citizens, businesses and organizations that have come together to ask our Duluth City Council, to support legislation that would encourage reusable carry-out bags and environmentally preferable to-go containers.

Our original concept included a phase-out of plastic bag sales. In 2017, the Minnesota legislature enacted preemption language, preventing local decision making, prohibiting any muncipality in Minnesota from passing local plastic bag phase-out ordinances.

Our new proposal, modeled after legislation from more than 40 countries and 160 cities and states across the nation, will continue to  help shift consumer behavior, promote reuse and put our values into practice. And, it would also help level the playing field for business and allow them to recover costs.

What we've Learned

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
Old Thinking!
The Better Alternative!