First raised as a wildmind idea at a Transition Sooke meeting some years ago, the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) plastic-reduction/public awareness initiative is finally good to go. Prominently posted reminder signs in parking lots and on storefronts have done the trick elsewhere in the world, so why not Sooke too? After much planning, we’re happy to report that customized versions of our Zach Ogilvie’s eye-catching design will be going up at Home Hardware, Pharmasave, Village Food Markets and Western Foods in the days ahead. Sincere thanks to all these responsible retailers for signing on for what’s intended to be, among other things, a cure for the frustration we all feel when arriving at a check-out counter and only then remembering the pile of canvas bags stuffed in our back seats and car trunks. Credits: Thank you Zach at Ogilvie Creative for the concept and design; Tony Green at Sooke Signs; and the team that approached and sought buy-ins from our town’s major local retailers ~ namely Jo Philips, Glyse Clarkston and her kids, Mark Ziegler (who broke ground with retailers on behalf of TS), several students from the Youth for Change team at Edward Milne Community School, and also pats on the back to ZWS regulars Wendy, Bernie and me too. Now everyone, please remember to #BYOB and let’s make reducing plastic use in the Sooke region an everyday habit.