Can you survive one day without a plastic bag?
That's the question Encinitas officials pose every year on the city's "Day Without a Bag."
The event, first launched in Dec. 2008, was the idea of the Surfrider Foundation, a non profit group working to keep beaches clean.
That year, merchants handed out 5,000 reusable bags to shoppers to help encourage them to stop using plastic.
Organizers say plastic bags cost Encinitas taxpayers thousands in cleanup costs and create an unsightly blight on their community.
The response was so great, that the city-sponsored Environmental Commission told our media partners the North County Times that the promotion will reach outside city limits, inviting San Diegans all over the county to"Rise Above Plastics" and BYOB to stores.