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Welcome to Bring Your Own Bag San Diego!

Our mission is to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags in the City of San Diego. By using reusable bags, you can help save marine wildlife and reduce pollution and litter. Explore our site and get tips on using your reusable bag, find out about local events in the community, and learn how to get – or make - your own reusable bag for FREE! Graphic of Shopping Cart, Reusable Bag, Globe, 500 million single use plastic bags are distributed every year in San Diego. Each of these is used on average for 12 minutes. After only eight uses, one reusable bag uses 50% less energy, has a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and uses 30% less water than a single-use plastic bag. Plastic bags account for between 2-7% of the debris removed at local community and beach cleanups.
This adds up to hundreds of thousands of bags cleaned up by volunteers, non-profit organizations, businesses, and government programs.

Proposed Single-use Carryout Bags Reduction Ordinance

Draft Program Environmental Impact Report on the Single-use Carryout Bag found on this link: DRAFT EIR for more information.

The Story Behind the Bags:

The City of San Diego contracted out to Los Angeles-based Green Vets organization to produce the City's first reusable bags. The contract not only provided San Diego with quality bags, but also helped homeless and at-risk veterans in the process. See the video:

Green Vets video