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  • 3 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at Work

    We know our friends in our online community are looking for ways to go green and reduce their carbon footprint at work so this week for Eco-Fact Friday, we are offering up three ideas to help you make a smaller footprint at work.
  • Empowering Businesses and Consumers to Go Reusable

    Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) is an amazing organization that formed in response to a recognized need to provide public involvement to advance stronger environmental policy. This not-for-profit group with offices throughout Connecticut and New York has been going strong for 25 years and they seek to educate the public about environmental problems and solutions while encouraging participation in environmental campaigns.
  • Can Schools Lead By Example When Teaching Sustainability to Kids?

    Schools are the perfect place to lead by example and implement new and greener choices that will not only help your school reduce their carbon footprint, but it will also show students how easy it is to go green and how small tasks can have a major impact.
  • What's The Problem with Disposable Plastic Bags Anyway?

    Disposable plastic bags are deserving of the bad reputation they’ve garnered. They use up valuable non-renewable resources during the manufacturing process while also releasing dangerous greenhouse gases, and they are not biodegradable, so they never really go away.
  • From California to Colorado – Here’s the Latest News on Bag Bans

    There are a lot of people working every day to ban single use plastic bags in their hometowns and communities. Their reasons may differ, but concern for the environment is usually a common theme. This week for What’s In the News Wednesday, we’ve rounded up several locations that have either expanded their disposable bag ban (congratulations, West Hollywood!) or are working to implement their own ordinance.
  • The Easy Thing We Can All Do to Protect Wildlife

    There are a lot of merits to using reusable shopping bags, from the streamlining of waste management to the use of more eco materials, but there are a lot of perks for members of the animal kingdom when humans decided to make the environmentally responsible decision to carry their purchases in reusable shopping bags.
  • 3 Ways to Go Green at the Beach This Summer

    Enjoy the Outdoors and Help the Planet With summer in full swing, a day at the beach can be a great way to spend an afternoon while enjoying the outdoors. The warm sun and the cool water can make for a relaxing time, and while you want to make the most of your time at the beach, you also want to make sure you do right by the environment.
  • What's in the News Wednesday - The Latest on Bag Bans in the United States

    Latest News on Bag Bans There are so many cities, counties and even countries that have implemented bans on single use plastic bags. To help track this movement we’ve put together an interactive map that highlights areas with bag bans, places where officials attempted to pass a ban with no luck and cities that have laws levying a fee on disposable shopping bags. If you haven’t had a chance - check it out! Here are some new locations that recently popped up on our map.
  • Will Chicago Become Next City to Implement a Plastic Bag Ban?

    Chicago has had an ongoing discussion about disposable plastic bags for quite a while now. It all started back in October of 2011 when a plastic bag ban was suggested. The State of Illinois made headlines last summer when their Governor attempted to pass radical pro plastic bag legislation in response to the suggested ban. After a lot of hard work, the proposal the Governor had supported did not pass, and while nothing is final, it looks like Chicago is closer than ever to banning disposable plastic bags throughout the city.
  • Love Shark Week? Why Disposable Bags and Sharks Don't Mix

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    The Ferocious Predator That Kills Sharks

    Sharks are awesome and we have enjoyed watching along with all of you during Shark Week on Discovery Channel. These majestic animals rule the oceans and it’s stunning to watch them in their element. Unfortunately, sharks are not safe in the waters they know as home and it’s not some ferocious predator that’s the culprit - its litter, primarily single use disposable plastic bags that have the potential to cause serious problems and even death for sharks.

    The Litter Epidemic That is More Than a Nuisance

    Some litter is simply the result of careless people tossing trash on the ground but the flimsy, lightweight construction of disposable plastic bags make them likely to be lifted from garbage cans, recycling bins or even landfills by a strong gust of wind and carried off.

    Once airborne, bag litter will continue to travel until it gets stuck in a shrub or tree or until it floats down and is deposited in a body of water. The water weighs the disposable bag down further and further until it sinks below the surface. The disposable bag was a nuisance and a hazard before, but now it is incredibly dangerous to sharks and all aquatic animals.

    Plastic Bags Can Be Mistaken for Food by Sharks

    When submerged a disposable bag kind of resembles a jellyfish, enough so that a predator can easily make a blunder and eat the plastic bag thinking it’s about to get a meal. This simple mistake can have dire consequences. The plastic will not break down in the shark’s digestive system the way food does and the bag can become tangled and lead to an untimely and painful death.

    All Tangled Up

    Floating disposable bag litter can also be a hazard if a marine animal is to swim near or through it and becomes entangled. The animal may be unable to free themselves from the bag and, depending on where and how severe the entanglement, they may be unable to eat and protect themselves and their young.

    Join With Us Beyond Shark Week to Protect Our Majestic Aquatic Friends

    Litter in our oceans is a major problem that threatens sharks and all of the other animals that live in the oceans. Cleaning up the mess will require a massive undertaking, and the best thing to do at this point is to try to contain the problem and prevent it from growing even larger and more unwieldy.

    Be cognizant of how you dispose of trash, recycle everything that can be recycled and if you see a stray plastic bag tumbling down the street or stuck in your neighbor’s hedges grab it and recycle it.

    If you are a consumer, make the commitment to begin using reusable bags and consider starting a bag ban.  If you are a business, brand or retailer, you can join with us to protect sharks and their aquatic friends by creating your own custom reusable bags.  Click HERE to check out our selection of reusable bags and please share this article with all of your friends on social media and when you mention Shark Week, mention the work we can all do to do our part to save the sharks.

     

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