Eulogy to the Plastic Bag Caption Contest


It’s been nearly a month since we said farewell to the plastic bag. But we couldn’t bear to send it into extinction without a proper goodbye.

So we’re running a contest. Log on to Facebook and give us your final words to the plastic bag. Caption this photo, write a poem or put pen to paper in any way you like. In return, we’ll send you your very own reusable cotton bag to show off at the checkout line. And, while you’re visiting our Facebook page, be sure to vote for your favorite send-offs.

Not on Facebook? Submit your last words via email to [email protected]. Be sure to send us your full name and mailing address so we can get you a bag. Please note that we will post all entries on Facebook.

The contest starts on Wednesday, January 29 and ends at midnight on Friday, February 21.



Comments (35)

  1. todd louiso
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    not very original, but I certainly mean it!

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    Roberta Olson
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Your time has come and gone. Goodbye

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    Mary Pat Curran
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Good riddance! No more plastic shopping bags blowing up my street, along the beach and clogging storm drains – let alone causing harm to wildlife and marine life. It’s so easy to pop a few cloth bags in my car trunk and use them for grocery shopping. A habit long overdue for Los Angeles!

  4. Brent Chamberlain
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I am sad to see the plastic bags go. I save the bags and reuse them. The real and bigger litter problem is fast food containers and cups.

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    Patricia Vargas
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    It’s been hard walking in the market without reusable bags. But it’s a great way to educate everyone on the harmful of plastic bags.

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    craig watanabe
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I will miss you cuz’ what will I use now to pick up my dog’s poop?

  7. Kelen torres
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Earth ,the water planet, says good bye for the
    Plastic bags that made the planet heavy for years.
    Let’s heal the world and make it a better place. ?

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    craig watanabe
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Sorry to see you go cuz’ what will I use now to pick up my dog’s poop?

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    ANdrew Urbanec
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I do not like you plastic bag,
    I do not like you and I never have.
    Cheaper, lighter, better you say.
    We finally learned we cant throw you away.
    Like an unwanted guest you stay and you stay.
    I’m not sorry to see you gone.
    In our opinion,you stayed to long.

  10. Victor Gonzalez
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I would like to say goodbye to the plastic bag that held my groceries when I needed it most. It held my garbage when I ran out of paper bags. I will also say goodbye to the bags that landed in the gutters and polluted our waterways. It helped in very personal ways but in the bigger picture, it demise will help keep our future world free of garbage for years to come.
    Victor Gonzalez

  11. Lawrence Gilbert
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    We all want to ensure that our environment remain green
    We should all been happy that the plastic bag will no longer be seen

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    ray rivera
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Its so nice. Not seeing the ugly bags on the road.

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    January 30th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Plastic bags you were helpful. But so bad for the enviroment even though i will miss you. For sure you will go down in history and your retirement will not be in vain . Mother earth will thank you and always cherish your sacrifice. Farewell plastic bags.

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    susan yates
    January 30th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Thank goodness plastic bags are finally gone. Hopefully, never to be seen again.

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    Yvonne Balderrama
    January 30th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Goodbye to the super cheap, easily ripped plastic bag!!!

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    Daisy Anderson
    January 30th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I have been using my own bags for years. I was so happy to hear that they were banning those plastic bags. I have nothing against the bags it’s the people that messed that up. They just wouldn’t stop throwing them on the ground. I would get home and plastic bags flying down the ally on a windy day.


  17. Matt Scanlon
    January 30th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Regarding the Eulogy to the Plastic Bag Contest, I would like to say a few things. Goodbye to bags that our sea creatures (fish, turtles, birds and mammals) eat and would eventually die from. Goodbye to those future bags that will not be buried in landfills throughout LA County that, as they decompose, would pass on different chemicals to our groundwater and land for hundreds of years to come. Goodbye to those same bags that have been left to swirl around streets and freeways by uncaring, irresponsible shoppers.

    Before we truly say goodbye to those bags, we must remember that stores such as Target still give out plastic bags because it is not considered grocery stores (even though Target does sell groceries.) So let’s not get too giddy until we eliminate all of those plastic bags throughout L.A.

    Thank you for all that you do to try to keep our LA River and ocean free of hazardous materials.

    Matt Scanlon

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    Diane E
    January 30th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Great – now I have to buy a heavier gauge plastic bag to pick up after my dogs rather than use the lightweight ones I could reuse from the grocery store. More proof that politicians aren’t dog owners. And really charging for paper – that’s far more recyclable!

  19. Mimi
    January 30th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    You were ubiquitous and convenient.
    May you rest in peace
    for all eternity
    Or until you decay. Whichever comes first.

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    January 30th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Bags are not the real problem. Just another feel good law. All plastics are the problem.

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    kathryn ridgley
    January 30th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I am so happy to see the plastic bag be on it’s way. The general public had plenty of time to do the right thing without a law being passed. Unfortunately it had to be forced on people. Just glad it is done.

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    Maria Chee
    January 30th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Plastic bags are gone.
    Reusable bags are here.
    Our environment will benefit!

  23. Avatar for LA Stormwater
    January 30th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Another eyesore eliminated.

  24. Kris
    January 30th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I will miss the plastic bags. I liked using them for trash, apparently most people don’t know how to throw away or pick up after themselves, e.g. parks, beaches, streets, or anywhere you look there is still trash around. Getting rid of plastic bags won’t solve that problem. It’s people that need to change not the inconvenience of getting rid of plastic bags. Someone make me happy and make a biodegradable bag. Maybe I should go to the “Shark Tank”.

  25. Rich
    January 30th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    The end of plastic bags have been a long time coming. Less waste

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    Marlene Savage
    January 31st, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I have been reusing my plastic bags for years; trash bags for the dog, soiled baby diapers and used in my house trash cans. I even reused them if I had to take some food to somewhere.
    I horded them and continue to reuse them until they split apart and cannot be used anymore.

    I am sorry so many people did not take them back to the stores so they would not litter our streets, alleys and ocean.

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    Rosie M. Montana
    January 31st, 2014 at 8:51 am

    When I saw these plastic bags coming into play – I did not like it because people do not have respect for our surroundings – Enjoy this earh not distroy it

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    Jeanne English
    January 31st, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Plastic bags – I won’t miss seeing you being blown around by the winds, or landing on my windshield when I’m driving. But I do admit that I will miss using you in my trash cans!

  29. Abraham Guzman
    January 31st, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    4. Most modern plastic bags are biodegradable.

    5. It is not the fault of the plastic bag that some litterbugs throw them around. To ban plastic bags because some of them end up littering the countryside makes as much sense as banning newspapers because some of them end up littering the countryside.

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    Ruby Pearson
    January 31st, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I will miss the old bags.They were free, now we must pay for reusable bags, we pay deposits on cans and bottles, nor all of us are able to get to recycling centers, so we lose our dough.I think the consumer is being shafted.There are other polluters worse than plastic bags, yet they get away with wrecking havoc on this earth of ours .They receive little or no punishment. I have use reusable bags for many years, but they don’t last.Just my thoughts.

  31. Avatar for LA Stormwater
    February 1st, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Goodbye, plastic bag. Although I always reused plastic bags (cleaning dog litter, using it as a tiny trash can liner, even making crafts with them) it is a good thing that they are disappearing because not everyone reuses them, or they end up being littered in the streets or harming the ecosystem. Good riddance, plastic bags.

  32. Avatar for LA Stormwater
    February 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 am

    In 1973 The first commercial system for manufacturing plastic grocery bags becomes operational;

    In 1974/75 Retailing giants such as Sears, J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, Jordan Marsh, Allied, Federated and Hills make the switch to plastic merchandise bags;

    In 1977 The plastic grocery bag was introduced to the supermarket industry as an alternative to paper sacks; and

    On January 1, 2014, Los Angeles, California said “Good Bye” to the plastic merchandise and grocery bags!!!! You were great while you lasted… You will be missed, but it’s better for our environment!

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    Carmen Hawkins
    February 8th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Ode to the Plastic Bag. You have served us well, but alas no more. Turns out you will outlive Mother Earth, if we don’t bid you adieu now. Instead of the trash heap or even worst our storm drains and oceans, we now adopt your reusable brother.

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    scott orland
    February 15th, 2014 at 3:51 pm


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    March 5th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Good bye hazardous plastis bags!!! Danderous for all the animals that live in the water…. Good Bye!!

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