IN September, Tybee Island officials will vote on the proposal to ban plastic bags citywide. Pushed back from May, the hot-button issue has been a topic of conversation for a while now, and Ashley Workman of the Bring Your Own Bag Project doesn't want this big opportunity to slip by.
“We’re winding down the end of the 120-day grace period for postponement,” she explains. “My ultimate goal is to encourage businesses and city officials to go forward with the ban. The ultimate goal is to take that big step and send a message, to take real action and initiative to keep the ocean safe and clean.”
With 85 percent of plastic bags ending up in the ocean, Workman has turned her passion to preserve our coastal wildlife into a fun educational opportunity: the Save the Planet Party.
“I essentially wanted to take a last-minute opportunity before people go back to school to celebrate awareness, but also raise money for paper bags,” she says. “I’m going to put on a happy face, and throw a big, fun party!”
“All money raised will go to providing Tybee businesses who are interested in protecting the ocean with paper to-go bags,” she explains. “Although single-use plastic bags are cheap, paper is not much more expensive, and offering reusables can make for great marketing.”
Workman will have reusable bags available at the fundraiser, but will also take money made from the event to purchase cases of paper bags for local businesses to try out.
With live music by the Flying Bacon Cheeseburgers, American Hologram, Kota Mundi, and The Charlie Fog Band, plus crafts, cornhole, face painting, hair braiding, henna, and a dunking booth, it’ll be fun for the whole crew.
Plus, Workman will be on duty at her information station, ready to chat about the bag ban and the Bring Your Own Bag campaign to any and all interested.
“Even if it wins over a few more businesses, ultimately, that’s a victory,” she says. “A couple of restaurants have made the switch [to paper bags], and that’s amazing, too. And if people took the initiative, it wouldn’t have to be something that requires such a push.”