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  • What Cities Have Banned Plastic Bags?

    Plastic bag bans began to gain traction around 2007 when San Francisco approved a law prohibiting disposable plastic bags in certain retail establishments. San Francisco's ban was not implemented until 2012, and it was expanded in 2013, but ever since the law was first approved, plastic bag bans have continued to pop up. We have highlighted below several cities that have plastic bag bans in place. To learn more and see the plastic bag ban movement as a whole, check out our bag ban map. Our bag ban map of the entire world shows which cities have banned plastic bags, implemented bag fees, and shows those cities that have had failed bag bans. You can also get a quick alphabetical list of cities that have plastic bag bans on our Top Green Cities in the U.S. page.
  • Vermont on The Verge of a Plastic Bag Ban or Fee?

    Vermont has considered measures to ban or levy fees on disposable plastic bags for many years, but two proposals in Vermont could put an end to, or at least significantly reduce the use of disposable bags. One measure would ban single-use plastic bags and nonrecyclable paper bags. The second measure would impose a 10-cent fee per bag handed out at the checkout. Both proposals have already missed key legislative deadlines, so they will not pass during this session. The earliest a ban or fee could pass would be 2018.
  • Bad News for The Environment as Iowa Bans Plastic Bag Bans

    Iowa has joined the ranks of Michigan, Arizona, and Florida with a recently passed piece of legislation that prevents cities and counties within the state from passing plastic bag bans, or measures that would levy fees or taxes on disposable plastic bags. There was interest in several Iowa communities in banning plastic bags, and as is typically the case, once one municipality passes a ban neighboring cities and counties will follow their lead. Plastic bag bans prevent environmental harm and can be good for the planet and communities. It’s disappointing news when we hear about bans on plastic bag bans becoming a reality.
  • Plastic Bag Bans Matter! Here's How to Start a Bag Ban in Your Community

    Single-use plastic bag bans are becoming more common and sought after by communities and states like California that want to protect our environment. Plastic bag bans allow communities to prevent litter, and the resulting harm and costs caused by litter and its clean up. Even as some states are looking to limit or ban plastic bag bans, there is still a very strong movement and increased interest in plastic bag bans. Have you thought about starting a bag ban in your hometown? We’ve outlined the steps to starting a plastic ban ban in your community, but here are some more tips to help you implement plastic bag bans.
  • Update on Coral Gables Plastic Bag Ban

    Coral Gables is on the verge of becoming the first city in Florida to pass a ban on single-use plastic bags! The proposal already passed the first vote. A second and final vote was scheduled for March 28, but unfortunately, that vote did not happen. As of now the vote is on hold and the future of the bag ban in Coral Gables is still undecided. If approved, the ban would prevent the use of single-use plastic bags at city special events and by retailers.
  • Here's The Easy Way to Remember Your Reusable Bags

    Making the switch to reusable bags can take some getting used to and forming the habit of grabbing your bags is a must. Until that habit is formed it can be frustrating when you find yourself at the checkout without your bags, but we are here to help with tips for creating a habit. New research shows that is does not take just 21 days, as was previously thought, to create a new habit, but on average it takes 66 days to form a habit. The easy way to remember your reusable bags is to keep using these tips until grabbing your bags becomes habit.
  • Why Minnesota Wants a Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

    Disposable plastic bag bans are gaining visibility in Minnesota and we think that's great. In fact, Minneapolis passed a plastic bag ban that goes into action in June. Duluth is also considering implementing a bag ban of their own. Still, some state lawmakers are not on board with this trend, and are discussing a bill to ban plastic bag bans. Although there is a lot of support to ban plastic bags due to the environmental impact, a new movement is forming in response to the state’s efforts to ban plastic bag bans. Read on to find out why Minnesota is working to put an end to plastic bag bans in their state.
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Go Reusable Now

    Single-use plastic bags are expensive to produce, starting with the process of making them all the way down to the hidden charges that are worked into the cost of products you are buying. Finally, they take their final form as rubbish that will pollute the earth for up to 1,000 years.
  • Businesses Do Right by the Planet by Marketing with Eco-Friendly Bags

    The ocean is a beautiful, vast and awe-inspiring, invaluable resource. When the health of the ocean fails, the health of the entire planet and all of it’s inhabitants, will follow suit. In a recent article, Richard Branson breaks down the importance of the ocean and explains how protecting the ocean is everyone’s business. His post, and the video he included in it, help to really bring home the idea that we are all responsible for protecting our oceans. Smart businesses are helping out and protecting the world’s oceans, while also getting their message seen by promoting their brand with eco-friendly bags.
  • Jacksonville Beach Joins Fight Against Florida Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

    The movement to ban disposable plastic bags in Florida is picking up momentum with Jacksonville Beach throwing their support behind a state bill. This comes shortly after a group of students from North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, made a presentation to their local officials in support of the same bill.

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