Hey Milwaukee,
paper or plastic?

Hey Milwaukee,
paper or plastic?

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88Nine Radio Milwaukee

bring the bag

So you’re checking out at the grocery store and the cashier turns to you and asks, “Paper or plastic?” Which do you choose?

Well, ask Emma Hudsen-Merit and her high school friends from Wauwatosa and they’ll answer “neither!”

Emma and her six friends make up the Wauwatosa “Community Problem Solvers,” a group of pro-active high schoolers determined to make a difference in their community. And their current project? Let’s get rid of plastic bags.

“With a mix of the sun and the water [plastic will] just break down into smaller and smaller pieces. The small, small pieces end up in our food chain because fish eat them, then the birds eat the fish, and knock-on effect, it goes all the way up.”

Together they started the “Bring the Bag” project throughout Wauwatosa; and by approaching local businesses and distributing information, they’ve even gotten multiple grocery stores to now offer their custom-made reusable grocery bag designed with the message, ‘Bring the Bag!’ as a reminder.

Want to help? Outpost, Sendiks, Pick’n’Save on State Street all offer their green reusable bag or to get involved, send them an email at wauwatosa.cmps@gmail.com.

Click the podcast player above to hear the full interview with Community Problem Solvers.