Pasadena Plastic Bag Ban

by Rachel on July 2, 2012

Sunday, July 1st, marked the beginning of the plastic bag ban in Pasadena.  This ban applies to supermarkets, drug stores, liquor markets, convenience stores, and other similar locations, where recyclable paper bags will now be available for customers to buy for 10 cents each.  Farmers' markets and other city-sponsored events will also be affected by the ban.  In light of this new policy, Vroman’s is offering a great selection of reusable bags that are convenient, Earth-friendly alternatives to that run-of-the-mill paper bag.

Baggu bags are the perfect shopping companion!  I seriously can't say enough good things about these bags.  Each bag folds into its own tiny pouch, making it easy to keep in your purse and nearly impossible to forget.  Baggu bags can comfortably carry several plastic bags-worth of groceries, making your trips to and from the car much easier.  They're so durable that several employees have had their Baggu bags since Vroman’s first started carrying them 4 years ago.  Also, I'd like to take a moment to point out that one of the new Baggu styles is a llama pattern, which should further impress upon you just how awesome these bags are.  $9.95 is a small price to pay for the durability and style of a Baggu!

Sarah with the neon pink and llama print Baggu bags.

Baggu display- so many colors & styles- many more are on the way!

JAM Recycled Bags
Made from 30% recycled plastic bottles, these bags come in several sizes, styles, and patterns, with prices ranging from $7.95- $16.95.  Water-resistant and very sturdy, these bags are perfect for carrying larger loads of groceries, and the insulated styles are big enough to bring a picnic to the beach.  They can hold up to 45 lbs, so they will also prevent the horrific experience of a jug of milk and a bottle of juice tearing through the bottom of a bag and exploding in the parking lot of the grocery store (which is exactly why I purchased one of these bags in the first place).  If you, like me, are a sucker for a tote bag with some nice pockets, the insulated bags have a zipper top, bottle pockets on the outside, and big mesh pockets on the inside.

Mallory with JAM recycled bags- regular and insulated (right).

Vroman’s Lightweight Totes

No one will ever question your love for Vroman’s Bookstore when you carry around your very own Vroman’s Lightweight Tote.  They’re roomy and durable , and at $1.95, they’re the perfect, simple answer to being an environmentally-conscious book-lover.

Indiebound Peace Love Books Tote
Show your support for independent bookstores with this bright red tote bag for just $5.95.  This bag features a “PEACE LOVE BOOKS” print on one side and “Vroman’s Bookstore” print on the other.

Matt with the PEACE LOVE BOOKS tote and the Vroman's Lightweight tote.

All featured bags are on display at the main registers, located  at the parking lot entrance of our main store.  Vroman's Hastings Ranch also carries a selection of reusable bags and totes at their location.

Stop on by and show the planet a little love!

For more information:
City of Pasadena: Single Use Plastic Bag Ban
LA Times: Pasadena Plastic Bag Ban