Aiming to encourage the public to use reusable bags when shopping, members of the University of Guam last week bagged groceries for Pay-Less Supermarkets customers and distributed hundreds of reusable shopping bags.

The two-day gesture followed the June 6 enactment of Sen. Régine Biscoe Lee’s Bill 268-34, now Public Law 34-110, called Munga Ma Ayek I Plastek. The law bans single-use plastic bags.

Though the ban will not take effect until 2021, UOG gave away the 500 reusable bags June 7 at the Pay-Less Supermarket in the Agana Shopping Center, and at the Pay-Less in Dededo the following day.

Green initiative

The reusable bags are made from 100 percent recycled material. The effort was part of the UOG Green Initiative that seeks to lead Guam’s community toward a sustainable future.

The bags were provided by the UOG Center for Island Sustainability, UOG Sea Grant Program and Guam EPSCoR as part of educational outreach to encourage the reduction of single-use plastic bags and promote healthy coastal ecosystems.