Bring your own bag Darien!


Add your voice to the sea of people taking a stand for the ocean. Sign the pledge now and when offered a straw, simply say 'no thanks'. It is a small step that goes a long way for ocean health.

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Upcoming Fun Events

Music, Food, and Beach Clean-Up

We are not ready to say goodbye to Fall yet! The Darien Environmental Group (DEG) has partnered with Planet New Canaan to launch a competition to see which town can get more residents to make the “Skip the Straw” pledge. Pledging to say “no thanks” when offered a straw is a small step that goes a long way for ocean health, and it’s always fun to help Darien beat New Canaan.

We’ll kick-off the competition on November 18th at Pear Tree Beach at 11AM with a Beach Clean-Up. BMW of Darien is sponsoring this event and has supplied prizes for the participants. Surfrider Foundation is co-sponsoring the event, and they will bring music and everything we need to make the beach clean-up easy and fun! 

The DEG is inviting all Darien residents to come and join us at the beach clean-up. Also, help our town win the competition by taking the “Skip the Straw” pledge on our website.

Kindly, RSVP to for your kids to receive a goodie bag at the beach clean-up event. 

Pear Tree Point Beach Clean-up on Sunday November 18th at 11am

Pear Tree Point Beach Clean-up on Sunday November 18th at 11am


With a mission of reducing plastic bag usage, Bring Your Own Darien is hosting a children's art contest. The art contest is an effort to raise children's awareness of plastic bag usage and promote reusable bags to reduce environmental damage. 

Art contest submissions should measure 12 inches by 12 inches or smaller, may be in color or black and white. The winning submission must include the words "BYO" Darien, CT." and will become Bring Your Own Darien's new logo, which will be printed on bags and other BYO Darien items. 

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2018 and the winner will be announced by January 15, 2019. Only one entry may be submitted per person. As a condition of entering the Contest, the Participant agrees that if their artwork is selected as the winning entry, all of Participant's right, title and interest in and to the copyright for the artwork will be assigned to BYO Darien.  The Participant agrees to execute and deliver additional documents as required. For information, contact either: Paola Sordoni (203-997-8777) or Catherine Bailey (646-509-9872).

You can download the entry form by clicking here

Please submit your art and completed entry form to the Darien Nature Center.

Children's Art Contest at the Darien Nature Center

Children's Art Contest at the Darien Nature Center

BYO Darien In The News

September 6, 2018 article by Kevin Webb, Darien Times

Darien’s Representative Town Meeting will consider a new ordinance to promote the use of reusable shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags at stores in town. Local advocacy group Bring Your Own (BYO) Darien has reached out to businesses, nonprofit organizations and schools to garner the support for a full transition to recyclable paper bags at checkout. To read the full article, click here.

August 30, 2018 article by Lynandro Simmons, Darien News

A new activist group has taken the first formal step in making Darien the third Fairfield County town to ban plastic bags.

BYO Darien presented a proposal for an ordinance to phase out plastic and nonrecycled paper check-out bags to the Board of Selectmen on Monday.

“We (BYO Darien) are all concerned Darien residents about the single-use waste, particularly plastic waste, that Darien generates every single day,” said Lucia Zachowski, co-chairwoman of the group. 

The ordinance would phase out the use of single-use plastic bags in favor of reusable bags. Greenwich and Westport have passed similar ordinances, Zachowski said. Westport implemented its ordinance in 2008 and Greenwich’s will officially go into effect in September.To read the full article, click here.

Bring Your Own Bag, Darien!

Some facts about Plastic Bags

We are a coastal town, and plastic that gets in our waterways ends up in the Long Island Sound and from there it goes into the oceans. Plastic bags are ubiquitous and light, they easily escape and end up in our waterways. Every year, one trillion plastic bags are disposed world wide, equating to 2 million per minute. A plastic bag is made from depletable resources, yet never degrades completely. 

The photograph on the left was taken at Stony Brook near Darien Town Hall. 

See more plastic bag facts here.

Plastic in our food chain

Plastic is a wonder material that, since the 1950s, has greatly improved the world. At the same time, it has become a curse; plastic debris kills many animals and plants and destroys the beauty of the planet as a whole. Plastic shopping bags that were introduced in the 1970s are amongst the worst culprits. Millions of whales, birds, seals, turtles, and land animals such as cows and sheep die because they mistake plastic bags for food. In the oceans plastic bags disintegrate into microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic less than 5mm long, which are ingested by all types of fish. Plastic in the ocean absorbs and concentrates highly toxic chemicals, such as PCB's and DDT, from the surrounding seawater. These pollutants have been known to cause cancer and birth defects and disrupt many of the body's tissues and organs. These toxic microplastics bioaccumulate up the food chain to humans. Click here for more details. 

What is the solution?

If plastic bags were recycled, most of these problems wouldn’t exist. But plastic bags are not widely recycled. The EPA estimates that a mere 12% of plastic bags in the US are recycled. We live in a disposable, consumerist society and plastic bags provide convenience. That being said, the long-term harm to our environment, wildlife and even our health far outweighs the short-term convenience of carrying our purchases in a plastic bag. Many countries, as well as States and municipalities in the US, have eliminated, or imposed fees on, plastic shopping bags.  This has proved to be the single most effective way to reduce plastic bag pollution.

We in Darien must reduce the use and disposal of plastic bags! 

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