The Surfrider Foundation has formed a committee to reduce single use plastic bags in Wilmington. The Rise Above Plastic Committee is passing out letters to businesses hoping to get their support in reducing waste.
Businesses like the vintage clothing store, The Wonder Shop, are already on board.
Within the last couple of months, The Wonder Shop has created a bag policy. They do not give out bags, but if a customer insists, they charge $1.
"We get a range of reactions," said employee Tasha Tidwell, "but it feels really good when people are receptive and excited about the idea of reducing waste."
Store owner Kelsey Gibbs encourages other businesses to try going bag free. "We're so lucky to live here in this town and we've got to take care of it," Gibbs said. "I think by stopping single use plastic bags is a great way to start."
According to Ethan Crouch, Chairman of the Surfrider Foundation, the committee will be looking for policy options that will best fit New Hanover County.
"Bring your own bag is our ultimately goal, but we just need to figure out the best policy to encourage people to do this," Crouch said.
Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved.