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Bailey’s donates proceeds from BYOB initiative

By Staff | Jun 11, 2020

SCCF Sam Lucas, of Coastal Watch, accepts a $775.55 check from Calli Johnson, Bailey Johnson and Richard Johnson, with Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel.

On May 28, Bailey’s General Store presented a check to Coastal Watch in support of its Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) conservation initiative.

The initiative is designed to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags on the islands and educate locals and visitors about the harm plastic causes the the environment. Single-use plastic bags have a short usage time and are rarely recyclable, taking 1,000 years or more to decompose. They pose a threat to wildlife, as countless animals become entangled or mistake them for food each year.

The solution to the problem is simple – bringing reusable bags when shopping eliminates the need for single-use plastic bags. Thanks to sponsors, Coastal Watch distributes free reusable bags at events and stores throughout the island. To date, over 20,000 bags have been distributed.

Bailey’s is a long-time supporter of BYOB, sponsoring the initiative since its creation. Reusable bags are available at Bailey’s for purchase, and BYOB events are held throughout the year, providing customers with a free reusable bag as they walk through the door.

The funds provided by Bailey’s will go toward future orders of reusable bags, allowing alternative options to continue to be offered throughout the island.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, Coastal Watch creates and implements conservation initiatives that promote and improve the future of marine resources and local coastal heritage. For information, visit sancapcoastalwatch.org or email coastalwatch@sanibelseaschool.org.