If you visit The Lands at Hillside Farms during the fall festival on Oct. 5 and 6, chances are you’ll get a chance to see and talk to the Bag Monster. The Bag Monster is a friendly monster whose job is to let people know what happens to the hundreds of plastic bags they use once and then throw away.
More than one billion single-use plastic bags are used by shoppers in our country every year. What happens to all those bags? The vast majority of them end up in landfills, adding to the problem of lack of space in our landfills. A lot of bags get blown about – we see them on the side of the road, in trees and bushes. A very small percentage of plastic bags, less than 4%, are recycled. However, it costs a lot more to recycle a plastic bag than it does to make a new one.
Perhaps the worst place for a plastic bag to end up is in the ocean. It is estimated that 10 percent of our plastic ends up floating in the ocean and on the ocean floor. This causes problems for all kinds of sea life that get tangled in the plastic bag or mistake it for food and swallow it.
At the festival, the Bag Monster will join with The Lands at Hillside Farms whose mission is to teach life choices that are healthy, sustainable, conservation-minded and practical. Come and see how easy it is to cut down on plastic bag use through smart and simple choices. Reusable grocery bags and metal milk carriers will be available for purchase, along with compact reusable bags that stow in an integrated pouch and fit easily in a pocket or purse.
Let the Bag Monster know that you plan to reduce your plastic bag usage and he’d be happy to pose for a picture with you.