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Put Down That Plastic: Thursday is A Day Without a Bag

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Did you know that an average Californian uses 500 to 600 plastic bags each year? For those still toting groceries and other sundries in plastic from the store to the car to the house, Thursday offers an opportunity to convert to a plastic bag-free life. A Day Without a Bag is an annual event aimed at promoting awareness of the harm single-use plastic bags cause the environment, and to encourage consumers to trade their plastic for eco-friendly reusable bags. In Los Angeles County, 25,000 reusable bags will be given out at 200 locations, says Heal the Bay.You'll find "elves" in the holiday spirit handing out bags at local grocery stores, libraries and other locations through a coalition of retailers, local governments and environmental groups that organized the event.

Preceding Thursday's bag giveaway, Wednesday the 15ht is the inaugural Day Without a Bag Summit, where civic leaders interested in giving and receiving information on enacting single-use bag bans, similar to the one approved for unincorporated parts of L.A. County last month, will gather.