Tybee Island Farmers Market gives away reusable shopping bags

Tybee Island Farmers Market gives away reusable shopping bags

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - The fight to get people on Tybee Island to stop using plastic bags has been going on for a while now.

After an unsuccessful attempt to ban plastic bags, the Tybee's Farmers Market decided to start selling recycled red bags to shoppers so they can avoid using plastic bags.

Using a recycled and reusable bag versus a plastic bag is good for the environment, so this option will help cut down on the debris and trash around Tybee Island.

To kick off the project, hundreds of bags were donated to the market by regional companies. On Monday, they will be offering two bags for $1. All of the proceeds go back into re-ordering bags.

Farmers Market officials say they do it because they want to protect Georgia's coastline.

"We really would like people to use the recyclable bags here if they can. This is one way that we're helping, along with the sponsors here that are helping us out with this program is to just encourage people to use recyclable bags," said Stephen Johnson, co-manager, Tybee Island Farmers Market. If you buy a bag, you tend to keep it. You're not going to let the bags drift down the street, where it's going to end up going on the beach."

If you missed Tybee's Farmers Market on Monday - don't worry - you still have an opportunity to pick up a bag. They will be out there every Monday selling them for $1 per bag.

You can buy the bags at the Farmers Market at the manager's table.

The market opens at 10 a.m.

For more information, visit tybeeislandfarmersmarket.com

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