Bag It Duluth - For The Love of Place: hoping to get us unstuck

Jan 17, 2017

Credit Jamie Harvie

Without a "garbage patch" in Lake Superior (like the floating rafts of plastic debris found in our oceans),  maybe it's hard to work up concern about the plastic bags merchants tuck out stuff into when we buy something or the foam containers restaurants give us for our leftovers.

Bag it Duluth - For The Love of Place is suggesting a city-wide ban on plastic bags and foam containers, hoping to move consumers to reusable bags and compostable containers.

Even though Minnesotans throw away 12 pounds of plastic every second, and other cities in the state - including Minneapolis - have adopted a ban ... is it worth the effort in Duluth?

Bag It Duluth spokesman Jamie Harvie says absolutely.  "We move from where we're called," he says, adding there is more than just a cleanup effort at stake.  "We're learning environmental justice and social justice are one and the same."

You can read more about Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza and her research into plastics here: