WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Max Crawley is the winner of the city's reusable bag design contest, and his design will be printed on reusable bags to be distributed by the city and participating supermarkets and retailers.
The contest, held at White Plains High School, is the first step in the city's effort to encourage all of its residents to use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags, which are used for an average of 12 minutes and take up to 1,000 years to degrade in landfills, if they break down at all, according to a city press release. A half-million plastic bags are used every minute in the United States.
The Reusable Bag Design Contest received a positive response in the school and we were impressed by all the students submissions," Thomas Roach, mayor of White Plains, said in the release. "Max Crawley's design has the winning combination of being both uniquely identifiable to White Plains and expressing our green spirit through the leaves and the stylized arrows, which nicely convey recycle/re-use."
The reusable bags with Crawley's design should begin to circulate in the fall.
"The White Plains Reusable Bag will serve as a reminder to residents and shoppers to make that change," Roach said in the release.