Orange Home Grown (OHG) Farmers & Artisans Market is celebrating Earth Day by taking bold steps to reduce the plastic footprint of the market.  Starting April 21, 2018, plastic bags will no longer be provided by vendors. Customers will be asked to BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag.

Lisa David, Market Manager explains, “Last year we implemented a policy of charging 10 cents per bag to help deter the use of plastic bags, but many of our vendors felt awkward charging customers. We continue to see many customers walk around with several plastic bags of food each week.  So in support of a healthy planet, our oceans and sea life, we’re following in the footsteps of many farmers markets in California and banning fossil fuel-based plastic shopping bags.” Customers are asked to BYOB – bring your own bag. Some vendors may provide paper or biodegradable bags.   

OHG Foundation Executive Director, Megan Penn wholeheartedly supports the plastics ban. “Being a community-based organization with a lot of heart, OHG feels that it’s our civic responsibility to do what we can as an organization to protect our environment and to make healthy choices that support future generations.”  The market already provides recycling receptacles and soon hopes to collect compostable materials in separate containers to be used at the OHG Education Farm just down the street. OHG also hopes to raise awareness among its already socially conscious customer base by continuing to exemplify eco-friendly values.

Shopping at farmers markets is already an environmentally conscious activity because most of the food is either grown or made locally – not shipped from all over the world.  In addition, vendors use cartons for eggs, berries, and other produce. Vendors are encouraged to sell and sample products with earth-friendly materials whenever possible. Sometimes these materials are more costly and vendors are unwilling to pass the cost to customers or cut into their slim profits. Orange Home Grown wants to be part of the solution. This is one small step we can help make a positive change in our local community to reduce our plastic use.

At the Earth Day celebration at the farmer’s market, Doodlebugs Animal Adventure will also be on site showcasing an interactive story-time (9:00-9:20am and 9:50-10:10am). OHG Kid’s Club will be focusing on the benefits of fennel that day and kids will have an opportunity to create their own canvas market bags for shopping!  

Questions, comments, and feedback are welcome.  Submit your comments by going to or email the market manager at  

Plastic Bag Facts

  • 25 million plastic bags are disposed of in California daily.
  • 160,000 plastic bags are used globally every second! 
  • 5 trillion plastic bags are produced yearly. Side by side, they can encircle the world 7 times.
  • Plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down because they don’t biodegrade, they photo-degrade, which means they break down into smaller and smaller toxic bits and contaminate the environment.
  • An average family will use 60 plastic bags on four visits to the supermarket.
  • Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.
  • Plastic bags cause the death of many marine animals when they are mistaken for food.
  • Plastic bags were introduced to supermarkets in 1977.
  • Plastic bags are toxic when produced using petroleum, natural gas, and other chemicals.

Other Plastic Facts

  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a floating landfill of garbage in the Pacific twice the size of Texas, is mostly composed of plastic.
  • In the North Pacific Ocean, there is 6x more plastic debris than plankton.
  • In 2008, a sperm whale was found beached in California. It died due to the more than 22 kilos of plastic found in its stomach. Many more sea mammals have been found dead because of plastic bags.
  • Plastic will only start degrading after 700 years and will only fully degrade in 1000 years. This means that all the plastic that has ever been produced has not degraded yet.
  • In the North Pacific Ocean, there is 6x more plastic debris than plankton.