Today is Earth Day, and at BYOB™ and the InStore Group of Companies, we couldn’t be more excited.

At Bring Your Own Bag™, we pride ourselves in offering our customers reusable products that help make our planet a cleaner place to live. That’s why Earth Day is one of our favourite days of the year, but it doesn’t stop there. We want to help make every day feel like Earth Day for you, your customers, and our planet.

Over one billion people in nearly 200 countries worldwide participate in Earth Day activities every year. It’s one of the world’s largest environmental movements, and it’s a movement that we’re proud to be a part of. Since 2005, BYOB™ has helped eliminate the use of over 44.6 billion plastic bags around the world, and we’ve worked with retailers to save approximately $20 million by reducing their overall plastic bag usage. So why is providing environmentally conscious solutions so important in our line of work?


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  • It is estimated that 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide annually, and that only 1% of them are returned for recycling by consumers.
  • The average family only recycles 15 plastic bags per year, with the rest ending up in landfills or as litter.
  • Studies estimate there are now 15 to 51 trillion pieces of plastic in the world's oceans, and that not one square mile of the ocean’s surface anywhere on earth is free of plastic pollution.
  • The average reusable bag has a lifespan equal to that of more than 700 disposable plastic bags, and just one person using reusable bags over their lifetime could potentially eliminate more than 22,000 plastic bags from the environment.


Incorporating sustainable practices into our lives helps make a difference when it comes to limiting the amount of plastic we use. We don’t just want to highlight the importance of sustainable practices on one day of the year though. It’s important to us that we embrace green practices year round, and we want to show that through the work we do, the initiatives we support, and the programs we build.

The Bring Your Own Bag™ program helps eliminate plastic bags by offering quality reusable products that your customers will be proud to use again and again. We have a wide range of bags that are made with various levels of post-industrial materials that are both durable and versatile. Our RPET Bags are made with recycled pop bottles and recycled cotton, a green alternative to the standard virgin plastic bags you can find elsewhere. As well, through our partnership with 1% For The Planet, BYOB will donate 1% of qualifying program sales to non-profit organizations working to preserve the planet we call home.

For more information on our green products and initiatives, visit our website at BRINGYOUROWNBAG.COM to learn about our sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.

And don’t forget to Bring Your Own Bag™ this Earth Day, for a better planet.

Our RPET Bags are made out of Recycled pop bottles.