Plastic Pollution, Bag Bans
April 04 2013

Million Reusable Bag Giveaway

by Bill Hickman

Los Angeles is getting ready to finalize their plastic checkout bag ban and groups are ready to provide reusable bags 'Made in LA' for the masses.  California Greenworks, in partnership with Green Vets LA and Homeboy Industries, proposes the “Million Reusable Bag Giveaway” pilot program, to create and distribute 25,000 reusable shopping bags (with an overall goal of 4 million) in lower-income Los Angeles neighborhoods as the City’s plastic bag ban goes into effect. 

Vote for their project now on and share it with your friends to help make the project a reality.

Spearheaded by the Goldhirsh Foundation, LA2050 believes in the power of Angelenos to shape the future of the region.  LA2050 has looked at the health of the region along the following key indicators: arts & cultural vitality, education, environmental quality, health, housing, income & employment, public safety, and social connectedness. And they have made informed projections about where we’ll be in the year 2050 if we continue on this current path.

LA2050 welcomes proposals to improve Los Angeles and positively impact one or more of the eight indicators.  This program will positively impact at least four LA 2050 indicators by: 1) immediately increasing stable Income & Employment of two of LA’s most at-risk populations: homeless, disabled and returning combat veterans, and formerly-gang involved and recently-incarcerated men and women; 2) Educating low-income and traditionally difficult-to-reach populations about new energy efficiency and water conservation measures introduced by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), thereby helping reduce their monthly utility and weekly shopping bills… 3) …while improving Environmental Quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in terms of electricity and water use, and reducing the use of single-use shopping bags which often become blight and part of the litter stream in our neighborhoods and waterways; 4) and building a bridge of Social Connectedness between two previously disparate communities who share similar challenges around assimilation and acceptance into the mainstream Los Angeles society.

The Million Reusable Bag Giveaway pilot project will employ Green Vets LA veterans in making 25,000 reusable shopping bags, and Homeboy Industries in silk-screening them, and will engage City Councilmembers, Los Angeles neighborhood councils, faith-based and community groups and environmental organizations such as the Clean Seas Coalition, the Green LA Coalition and the LA Climate Action Coalition in distributing the bags.

The Challenge is OPEN for voting until Wed. April 17th, but is CLOSED to new submissions.  Click Here for voting tips and more details.