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  • Kids Can't Vote But They Can Create Change! Florida Students Work to Reverse Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

    A state law in Florida prohibits cities and municipalities from implementing plastic bag bans. A group of seventh- and eighth-graders is looking to change this law. Students from The Benjamin School, a private school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, asked county officials to support plastic bag bans in local stores. After hearing the student’s presentation the officials agreed and will look into the possibility of implementing a ban, which could be a game changer in Florida.
  • How to Start a Plastic Bag Ban and Become a Bag It Town

    Banning plastic bags can cause a lot of good for communities and the environment. If you’re thinking about implementing a plastic bag ban in your city, there are lots of resources to help you get started. A great tool to check out is Bag It and as always, we’re here to help, too.
  • South Carolina Moves Closer to a Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

    A bill in South Carolina will determine if municipalities can regulate “auxiliary containers,” such as disposable bags and cups. The bill covers a wide range of containers made from a variety of materials, but single-use plastic bags are at the center of the debate. Essentially, this measure will determine if cities, towns and counties can or cannot pass plastic bag bans. The bill was recently sent to the House floor and state legislators will vote to decide. If passed South Carolina would join the ranks of Michigan where plastic bag bans were recently banned. Plastic bag bans require a change in consumer behavior, but they can have a major impact for the better on the environment. Furthermore, plastic bag bans can have a significant impact on your brand’s marketing.
  • NYC Says NO to Reusable Shopping Bags

    The 5-cent fee on disposable plastic plastic bags handed out in New York City that was set to go into action this month was recently canceled before it even got started. The motivation behind the measure was to discourage the use of disposable plastic bags and the resulting negative environmental impact, and encourage the use of reusable shopping bags. Despite a lot of support it turns out there was more opposition, and lawmakers overturned the ruling. While it looks like there is no immediate solution to address the plastic bag problem in NYC there are still ways to turn things around.
  • Positive and Negative Impacts of Existing Plastic Bag Bans

    As the 2016 election came to a close and the votes were tallied, the California bag ban became a reality thanks to a 52 percent “yes” vote. As a result of the vote, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores are no longer allowed to provide single-use plastic bags to shoppers, while other small retailers will join after a year. As the California bag ban settles in, many are left wondering if it’s reducing environmental damage and waste. While it may be too early to tell with California’s ban, there are a few cities and countries around the globe that are already seeing positive results after banning plastic bags in their location. San Jose, San Francisco, CA and Thurston County, Washington have proven to be among the most successful U.S. cities in waste reduction as a result of their own bans on plastic bags. Let’s look at a few examples of cities and countries that have done well (environmentally) with their plastic bag bans so far:
  • The Pros and Cons of the Michigan Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

    SB 853 was signed into law this past December becoming PA 389 by Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and prevents municipalities from banning or imposing fees on disposable plastic bags in the state. Single-use plastic bags have a big impact on the environment and this caused some in Michigan to push for bans or fees, but for others bans are viewed as inconvenient and there is concern bans may cause complications for local businesses and shoppers.
  • The Two Sides of The Plastic Bag Ban Debate

    In the last few years, disposable plastic bag bans are popping up all over the place. There is a strong movement to restrict the use of single-use plastic bags, but at the same time, there are groups fighting to stave off these measures. Lots of problems are blamed on plastic bags, but they seem pretty harmless.
  • California Grocers Association Supports California Bag Ban

    When voters in California passed Prop 67 and ratified SB270, single-use plastic bags were prohibited throughout the entire state. Bag bans are nothing new in California; before the election 150 cities, counties and municipalities in the Golden State had bans in place. SB270 extends a disposable plastic bag ban to areas not already impacted by an existing ban; this measure also levies a 10-cent fee on paper bags. Many California shoppers have already established the habit of bringing their own reusable grocery bags to the store, and the California Grocers Association is confident the rest of the state’s residents will quickly get on board with the California bag ban.
  • Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Improves with Checkout Bag Tax

    Chicago has long worked toward finding a solution to the trash and litter generated by disposable bags. The Chicago plastic bag ban rolled out in phases starting on August 1, 2015. This measure banned thin plastic bags but there was a big problem with the Chicago bag ban.
  • California Bag Ban: Answering the 7 Most Common Questions

    We’ve all had the experience of carrying a bundle of plastic bags from the grocery store. Sometimes, you may even take a couple more bags just because they’re free and you can store them at home for another use. Plastic bags are used at stores across the U.S., but that’s slowly changing. A movement to ban plastic bags in select cities and towns has grown, and now the most populous state in the U.S. has voted to instate a statewide ban on plastic bags. In late 2016, California banned single-use plastic bags, with other states, such as Massachusetts and New York, considering their own similar actions. To acknowledge and highlight this growing trend, we put together a few of the most commonly asked questions (and answers) about the California bag ban:

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