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  • Bag Ban Update Brings Marketing Opportunities for Your Business

    There are always lots of exciting new developments in the plastic bag ban movement and each one brings opportunities to market your brand, business or retail outlet. We love bringing you the most recent updates because if you are doing business in any of these locations, this is the perfect time for a perfect marketing opportunity. In this latest installment of our bag ban update, we have lots of new disposable bag bans and fees going into effect. We also have a couple instances of cities working to fine-tune their existing laws that you should be aware of. There is certainly not a one-size-fits all approach to bag laws. A law that works for one city oftentimes will not work for another city, but as Chicago and Boulder are learning the laws they initially passed have had some unintended consequences or just no longer work as effectively. Keep reading to learn more.
  • The Two Sides of France Ban on Plastic Bags, Plates, Cutlery and Cups

    Starting in 2020 it will be mandatory in France that disposable plastic plates, cups and cutlery be made from 50 percent biologically-sourced compostable materials. The percentage will increase to 60 percent by 2025. This measure will join France's single-use plastic bag ban already in place that began on July 1, 2016.
  • New Research Shows U.S. Cities How to Manage Plastic Pollution Reduction

    Let's face it, we all know pollution is a pain for cities. Besides the fact that litter is an eyesore, there are a lot of problems that stem from pollution like the higher taxes that are needed to pay for clean up efforts. For these reasons and more, eliminating pollution is appealing to many cities in the United States. Many cities across the U.S. are trying to resolve the problem by targeting one of the main offenders; single-use plastic bags. There are a variety of ways a city or municipality can go about pollution reduction. The number of disposable plastic bag bans and fees being implemented is rising rapidly in the U.S., but how is a city to know which solution is the best for them? New research shows U.S. cities how to manage plastic pollution reduction.
  • Most Effective Methods to Reduce Disposable Plastic Bag Use

    Disposable plastic bags have become so commonplace we almost miss them rolling by us tossed through the wind like tumbleweeds. These thin-film bags are lightweight and make it so easy to carry groceries and other goods but they are no friend to the environment, wildlife or our food-chain. The advantages of disposable plastic bags are no match for the disadvantages. From using up nonrenewable resources, to posing a threat to the planet and wildlife, single-use plastic bags are more of a nuisance than a help. For these reasons laws regulating disposable plastic bags, either through bans or fees, are on the rise. When it comes to combating the negative impacts and effective methods to reduce consumer use of single-use plastic bags, a new study shows that bag bans and fees are the answer.
  • Plastics Industry Still Pushing For a Halt to California Prop 67 Statewide Bag Ban

    Single-use plastic bag bans have been gaining momentum lately, and bans are popping up in cities all over the U.S. (and the world - check out our bag ban map to learn more about the bag ban movement!). From the beginning, the plastics industry has fought the bag ban movement and California has long been the primary battleground. Over 100 cities and counties within the state of California have already passed local laws banning or implementing fees on disposable plastic bags, and 2 years ago Governor Jerry Brown signed Prop 67, which bans single-use plastic bags and levies a 10-cent fee on paper bags in any area not already impacted by a local ban. Even before Prop 67 was signed, there was resistance from the plastics industry. This resistance ultimately lead to the ban to being put on hold, and as the November 8 election draws near plastic manufacturers are rallying to put an end to Prop 67.
  • Latest News on California's Plastic Bag Ban, SB270 and Helix Poly

    The plastic bag ban movement is almost synonymous with California. While the movement is certainly picking up momentum throughout the rest of the country, the Golden State has definitely embraced the notion of banning single-use plastic bags with well over 100 bag bans on the books. When the idea of a statewide ban began to circulate, it made perfect sense; in 2014 Governor Jerry Brown signed measure SB270 into law that banned single-use plastic bags and levied a 10-cent fee on paper bags. This ban was set to go into action in July 2015. However, opponents managed to delay the ban.
  • September Bag Ban Movement Update for The United States

    We are happy to report that there’s been lots of really great activity in the United States regarding the bag ban movement. There have been some setbacks and disappointments, but there have also been a bunch of new bans passed and a lot of interest in bans in new towns and cities. To get the full rundown check out our interactive map here. This map tracks the movement as a whole and shows what is happening all over the world! Keep reading to learn about some of the most recent additions to our map. Create your custom reusable bag for your business HERE and be a part of the plastic pollution solution!
  • What Is The Problem with Paper Bags?

    The other day we had a question from one of our Facebook page fans asking what the problem is with paper bags. We all know there is a movement around banning single-use plastic bags, and the reasons why single-use plastic bags should be banned are pretty clear. They are made from nonrenewable resources, they do not safely breakdown, and they are a serious threat to the planet. A lot of the legislation around plastic bags includes disposable paper bags, and this leads many people to ask, "What’s the problem with paper bags?". The issues that make single-use plastic bags a clear problem aren’t always applicable to paper bags. After all, paper bags are made from renewable resources and often they are made from a percentage of recycled content. Paper is biodegradable, and is not a health hazard to animals, ecosystems and the planet at large in the same way as plastic bags. So really, what’s the problem? Let us break things down for you.
  • Latest Bag Bans In United States Bring Opportunity for Marketing

    We are thrilled to report to both consumers and businesses that the bag ban movement is going strong and we’ve recently added a lot of new pins to our interactive bag ban map. Each time a bag ban is implemented, this brings opportunity for both consumers and businesses to live and market greener. If you are doing business in any of the locations on our map that have a bag ban in place, or are considering a bag ban or fee, now is the time fill a need with consumers and to market greener with custom reusable bags.
  • Bag Ban in Puerto Rico...What Your Business Needs to Know

    Bag Ban In Puerto Rico Begins in December! We have noticed an influx of orders for our reusable bags from Puerto Rico because starting this December, disposable plastic bags will be banned throughout the territory. Officials have been working to ban single-use plastic bags for a number of years. This past December, Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed into law the Act for the Promotion of Reusable Bags and Regulation of Plastic Bags in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Act 247-2015. This law bans retail stores and commercial establishments from handing out disposable plastic bags effective December 24, 2016.

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