Group Discusses Single-Use Plastic Bag Alternatives

Pictured is one of the plastic bag alternatives displayed recently during a Chautauqua Progressive Action meeting.

Members of Chautauqua Progressive Action kicked off their Life After Plastic/Zero Waste project at their April meeting.

The group is getting a head start on the New York state ban on single-use plastic bags, set to take effect in March 2020, by promoting alternatives to plastic and ways to reduce waste in general.

Group members displayed some homemade examples of alternatives to plastic shopping bags, including bags sewn from lightweight rip stop nylon that fold up in a pouch for storage, and totes crocheted from leftover cotton yarn. There were also samples of biodegradable plastic bags made from plant sources that can be purchased from online sources and used for everything from produce bags to kitchen compost bin liners and pet waste bags. It was noted that Wegmans already provides plant-based plastic bags in their produce department. Opportunities to learn about substitutes for single use plastics, and ecofriendly tips that also save money, will be offered as a public service in the Jamestown community in the near future.

The group will be participating in the annual Hands On Jamestown citywide cleanup on May 18.

Chautauqua Progressive Action is a grassroots social and political action organization that promotes progressive values and candidates for office, as well as working to build a better community.

It holds monthly meetings in Jamestown.