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Beginning March 1: Remember to BYOB (Bring your own bag)

Jan 17, 2019 02:30:17 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Did you know?*

  • The U.S. uses 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually
  • Plastic bags are made of polyethylene, which is a petroleum product. Production of these bags contributes to air pollution and energy consumption
  • It takes 1,000 years for polyethylene bags to break down
  • Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die each year ingesting plastic bags

Kalamazoo Public Library strives to be a good steward of our community and the environment. That is why beginning March 1, we will no longer offer plastic bags to patrons when they check out materials. We encourage you to bring your own reusable bag every time you visit the library. Learn what else KPL is doing to nurture nature by visiting


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