Lafayette, La. – The Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) Environmental Quality Department distributed more than 400 reusable shopping bags to various stores in Lafayette Parish to raise awareness about replacing plastic bag use with reusable bags. “Although plastic bags can be taken back to some stores to be recycled, only a small percentage of people actually recycle them. The majority of them end up in landfills and can take more than 1,000 years to decompose,” Environmental Quality Manager Bess Foret said.
Plastic bags also release toxic chemicals into the ground and air as they degrade and are harmful to land and aquatic animals. The “Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle” insulated bags aim to encourage people to make the switch to reusable bags.
The bags were designed in-house, and distributed earlier this week on America Recycles Day, a day set aside to raise awareness about recycling and purchasing recycled products. They will be available while supplies last.
Reusable Shopping Bag Locations
Breaux’s Mart, 2600 Moss Street, Lafayette
Champagne’s Market, 454 Heymann Boulevard, Lafayette
Champagne’s Market, 701 Veterans Drive, Carencro
Little Veron’s, 403 Rena Drive, Lafayette
Adrien’s Supermarket, 3842 West Congress Street, Lafayette
Nunu’s, 509 Lafayette Street, Youngsville
Nunu’s, 1410 St. Mary Street, Scott
Albertson’s, 2678 Johnston Street, Lafayette