Ian Fraizer and the Bag Snagger

Ian Fraizer and the Bag Snagger

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Regina Yunghans
Apr 7, 2009

This comes as a follow-up to our Plastic Bag in the Tree post from March. A fierce March wind storm left a plastic bag in one of our trees and we were searching for a way to remove it (it's not as easy as you might think!). First, we want to report that the bag is gone! We didn't remove it, and we don't think a city service did either because, unfortunately, a couple of more firmly-planted bags still remain. Wind gusts must have dislodged the bag from the tree. In addition to this news, we now want to turn your attention to Ian Fraizer's writing on the subject and the invention of a solution...

Fraizer wrote about bags in NYC trees back in the 90's and early 00's. From there, he and his friends developed the Bag Snagger. The group set out to remove bags from trees in New York's five boroughs and across the nation. Now, their Bag Snaggers are "...being used by companies and organizations throughout the country, including landfill companies in many states, parks departments such as New York City's Central Park Conservancy, and numerous volunteer organizations dedicated to preserving the health and beauty of trees."

Read more about Fraizer and the Bag Snagger at the New Yorker and Mother Jones. (Thank you to AT reader, Ratita, for tipping us off on Fraizer's work!)

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