Hauppauge, NY – IKEA has pitched in to assist Suffolk County in their effort to reduce the environmental impact caused by single-use carry out bags. At a press conference today, IKEA donated 5,000 of their Frakta reusable shopping bags to be distributed throughout the entire county.
“We recognize there have been challenges in the transition from single-use plastic bags to reusable bags, but we are beginning to see the success of the law. Local supermarkets have reported significant reduction in the use of plastic bags and now, with this generous donation from IKEA, we are building on that success. These bags are great for shoppers needs at clothing retailers, home goods stores and other big box stores. Having the bags available, for free, makes it easier for our residents to participate in being a part of the solution to reduce plastic pollution,” stated Legislator William R. Spencer.
“We want people to know that IKEA strives to be a good neighbor and advocates for key stakeholders and policy development that supports positive change in society, alongside the actions within our business”, said Mike Baker, Store Manager of IKEA Long Island.
John Turner, the Conservation Policy Analyst for Seatuck Environmental Association, stated “With 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags consumed worldwide each year, our natural resources have been negatively impacted. It’s wonderful to have been a part of this effort in Suffolk County to reverse that trend. Having corporate participation completes the circle of necessary stakeholders that also include policy makers and citizens, in making this a success.”
The bags will be made available to all the 18 Legislative District Offices and other locations including Social Service Centers and Senior Centers. Recently featured in Newsday’s home design section, the Frakta bag warranted its own $2,000 Balenciaga interpretation last year. The bags are 21.75 inches long and a very practical for all types of shopping.