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Bring Your Own Bag Month

February 2020

NDSU Bookstore  |  Herd Shop


Throughout the month of February, the "it" thing on campus is decreasing your use of plastic bags and other plastic films. While there are many environmental reasons to not use plastic bags, we want this to be a healthy choice made by each individual on a regular basis, on-campus and off. This is the second year the NDSU Bookstore and Herd Shop has partnered with us to offer some exciting ways to save our earth and feel good while you are doing it. 

There are a lot of exciting things happening for Bring Your Own Bag Month, read more about each initiative below:

Skip the Bag

Consider whether or not you need a bag at all. Plastic bags will not be available during the month of February. If you must take a plastic bag any other time of year, ensure it gets reused or recycled at a plastic bag recycling location in the region (located at many grocery and big box stores).

TIP: Consider all the purchases you make in our community and decide if a plastic bag is really necessary or if you can carry a collapsible, reusable bag with you for use when needed.

5 Cent Bag Discount

When you make a purchase at the NDSU Herd Shop and Bookstore this February, you receive a 5 cent discount for every bag worthy purchase (Backpacks included!). 

TIP: Look for discounts around our community, many grocery and big box stores offer similar bring your own bag discounts. Some retail shops will offer extra stamps on your rewards cards for skipping a bag. Ask if there is a discount at every store you shop at. 

Reusable Bags Available

If you forgot a bag or purchased enough to need a bag, a limited supply of new reusable bags will be available. New reusable bags were donated by Gate City Bank. 

Consider how many reusable bags you really need, and if you don’t need one, don’t take one. The point of a reusable bag is to continue reusing it for its entire life span (and... you might go so far as to repair a torn reusable bag by sewing it). When you dispose of it, it should be so worn out that it is not repairable any more. Whenever possible choose cotton tote bags over the traditional reusable bag. Cotton is compostable and biodegrades. Even reusable bags have to be disposed of eventually, so dispose of them responsibly.

TIP: The NDSU Bookstore may also carry NDSU branded reusable bags for purchase and for showing your Bison pride around our community.

Donate Reusable Bags

Many thrift shops, food pantries, and other charitable organizations can use these reusable bags for individuals who make purchases or for distributing food resources to individuals. Don't throw away your reusable bags (unless they are beyond repair). 

TIP: If your stash of reusable bags is getting too large, drop off your good condition, clean, and reusable bags at any charitable organization. Or, contact the Staff Senate Environmental Sustainability Committee. Our committee can make some contacts to find good places to donate these bags.

Plastic Film Recycles with Plastic Bags

When you make your trip to the store to drop off your plastic bags in the recycling containers don't forget to bring the plastic film that is in your home. Plastic film is also very recyclable as long as it is clean and dry. Plastic film includes bubble wrap, zip style baggies, dry cleaning bags, cereal and bread bags, as well as other product wrapping (ex: toilet paper and paper towel plastic wrap). Look for the "How to Recycle" symbol which will say "store drop off," that is your cue that the plastic wrap is recyclable.   

TIP: Review this link for different types of acceptable plastic film and for stores that accept recycling of plastic bags and film

The Bring Your Own Bag event is sponsored by the NDSU BookstoreNDSU Herd Shop, and NDSU Staff Senate Environmental Sustainability Committee and was inspired by many other colleges that offer Bring Your Own Bag events.


In order to expand this event for future months and years, we need individuals who are passionate about seeing a dramatic reduction in the use of plastic bags on campus and in the community. If you have an idea for a fun, engaging way to make this event more impactful, we want to you participate.

Here are some ways you can participate:

  • Event planning coordination
  • Supply a discount for any type of reusable container (we will help you promote it)
  • Event promotion support
  • Donate reusable bags
  • Organize a pop-up plastic bag recycling station.

If you would like to participate in planning the next Bring Your Own Bag Month contact one of the Staff Senate Environmental Sustainability Committee members

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