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  • Oldest City in U.S. Passes Voluntary Plastic Bag Ban

    As the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States, St. Augustine has a long and colorful history. The latest chapter will be about sustainability and environmental responsibility as the St. Augustine city commissioners approved a voluntary plastic bag ban. The bag ban was proposed by a group of students involved with the non-profit called ENACTUS from nearby Flagler College, and the students will be helping to implement the ban too.
  • Survey Gauges Impact of Plastic Bag Ban

    In July 2012 plastic bags were banned in the city of Seattle. The law also levies a 5 cent fee on paper bags (stores keep all of the money raised by the bag fee). What sets Seattle's ban apart from the numerous other cities and counties that have also banned single-use plastic bags is that it forbids disposable plastic bags in all grocery and retail stores, including department, clothing, convenience, and home-improvement stores. Most bans only apply to grocery stores and sometimes pharmacies and restaurants – Seattle’s bag ban is very far reaching.
  • How to Start a Plastic Bag Ban in Your Hometown

    Identify why you want to start a plastic bag ban and build your campaign around it. Do you want to reduce litter? Save a local waterway? Keep animals and their habitats safe? There are lots of reasons to implement a ban, so you just need to determine what the reason is for your hometown. When you understand the “why” behind the ban, you can create a campaign and explain to everyone from residents and neighbors to businesses and politicians why a ban is a good fit.
  • Start a Bag Ban in Your Community and Start a Positive Eco-Chain Reaction

    The small and simple gesture of banning plastic bags can set off a chain of events that can greatly and positively change life in your community and beyond. Here are five ways banning plastic bags in your hometown can change life as you know it for the better.
  • Why Do Single Use Plastic Bag Bans Fail?

    Single use plastic bag bans make so much sense from an environmental perspective since they reduce use of fossil fuels, reduce the eyesore that is litter, and protect animals and their habitats from stray plastic bags and their pieces that can easily be mistaken for food or entangle an animal, ending its life. Large chains and small local retailers also spend a substantial amount of money of these disposable nuisances, so implementing a ban saves retailers money, and that cost savings should be reflected in their prices. Despite the best of intentions though, sometime
  • How to Implement a Single Use Plastic Bag Ban Where You Live

    Towns can have very different reasons for wanting to implement a plastic bag ban, but the path most towns take to ban bags is strikingly similar. If you are thinking about banning plastic bags in your hometown here are three steps to start the process. Getting a plastic bag ban started requires a lot of work, but the benefits definitely make all of the labor worth it.
  • Brookline Bans Disposable Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Food Containers

    Beginning in December 2013 plastic shopping bags will no longer be allowed in Brookline, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb of just over 57,000 people. About 73% of the town meeting members voted in favor of the ban that would prevent supermarkets, some pharmacies, and other larger retail stores from handing out disposable polyethylene bags. Plastic bags that are compostable and marine-degradable will still be allowed since they do not pose a risk to the environment and animals that call the area home. Paper bags are not impacted by the ban. In addition to the plastic bag ban, the town also approved a ban on Styrofoam food containers that is set to take effect at the same time as the bag ban.
  • Give the Gift of a Plastic-Free World This Holiday and Join the Plastic Bag Ban Movement

    Factory Direct Promos is hosting a blog carnival to raise awareness about why it is important to use reusable bags. We are showcasing blog posts from a variety of amazing and talented writers who took the time to share and discuss with their readers and us the environmental necessity of taking action and putting an end to the use of disposable plastic bags. We are thrilled at the response and the turnout of really great and thought provoking posts we received. Please take some time to check out these incredible posts, and please take a moment to check out their other great, green living and working content while you’re there visiting.
  • Latest Chapter in Ongoing Plastic Bag Saga Finds Toronto Bag Ban Overturned….For Now

    When Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, attempted to do away with a 5-cent fee that was levied on plastic bags handed out at stores within the city that set off a surprising turn of events. Ford wanted to do away with the fee because he felt it was not necessary – he felt shoppers should be able to use plastic bags if they want to and it was silly to charge a fee to dissuade them. The council immediately voted to pass the mayor’s proposal to end the fee and just as quickly proposed and passed an outright ban on plastic bags. The ban was scheduled to begin on January 1, 2013, but once again the plan has changed.
  • Uganda Struggles to Ban Disposable Plastic Bags

    Uganda has been waging a war against plastic bags since 2002. At that time a lawsuit was filed by the group Greenwatch. The suit claimed that the use of plastic for disposable bags, containers and food wrappers violated the right of Uganda’s citizens to a clean and healthy environment. In June 2007 the government banned the importation, use and distribution of polythene bags less than 30 microns thick, but Parliament never passed a law implementing the ban and plastic bag manufacturers found a loophole and continued to produce and distribute plastic bags. Plastic bag manufacturers circumvented this ban by producing bags that were 30 or 31 microns thick. The manufacturers thought they were being clever, but they were just perpetuating the use of plastic bags and all of the harm these bags cause as opposed to reusable bags.

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