Green News

  • A Global Look at Plastic Bag Bans

    Over the last several years cities across the United States have contemplated and/or put bans on plastic bags into motion. Those who support the bans cite the environmental impacts. Plastic bags cannot safely break down; they sit in landfills because even though most are recyclable people just do not properly dispose of them. Some supporters lean on the health issues at stake: bags that sit in landfills take up space and collect rain water, which creates ideal conditions for mosquitos to lay eggs. Mosquitos can carry harmful and deadly diseases, such as West Nile, malaria, and dengue. Banning bags is intended to start off a chain reaction.
  • Madison's Plastic Bag Recycling Solution

    There is seldom a one-size-fits all solution to big problems, and the folks of Madison, Wisconsin are proving that point. As cities all across the United States are banning plastic disposable bag in hopes of reducing litter and preventing these non-biodegradable nuisances from taking up space in garbage dumps, Madison decided to step up efforts to recycle plastic bags. In 2009 Madison began a plastic bag recycling program. Drop-off locations were setup throughout the area and residents could simply deposit their plastic bags.
  • Returnable Container Laws and Reusable Water Bottles

    In an effort to combat litter and encourage recycling many states have enacted returnable container laws, more commonly referred to as bottle bills. Oregon was the first state to put such a trailblazing law into place in 1972 and since that time 10 other states have passed similar legislation
  • Austin Embraces Reusable Shopping Bags

    Several cities across the United States are weighing the pros and cons of banning plastic disposable bags. Austin, Texas is another city on the constantly growing list working to implement such a ban. The Austin Resource Recovery, the department handling the transition, has been working diligently drafting and redrafting the bill to make sure they get it right. As with other cities that have passed similar bans there is resistance and opposition, but the authorities of Austin have allowed the community to join the conversation and give feedback via public forums.
  • Reducing Your Carbon Footprint With Reusable Bags

    Reducing your carbon footprint is an eco-friendly lifestyle choice that may seem daunting, but is completely attainable. To best understand how to reduce your carbon footprint you need to understand what it is exactly. The carbon reference relates to carbon emissions that result from burning fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas. These fuels are used to power cars, create electricity, heat homes, manufacture goods, and a whole slew of other things. The footprint is a measure of use. So every time you drive your gas-powered car or carry groceries home in petroleum-based plastic bags you increase your carbon footprint.
  • Seattle Bans Plastic Bags and Supports Reusable Bags

    On December 19, 2011 the Seattle City Council passed a ban on plastic bags, and a short time later the mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn, signed this bill into law. Banning plastic bags is quickly gaining momentum and similar bans have been put into place in San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Brownsville, TX.
  • Health worries with BPA that won't go away

    Concerns over the impact on health of BPA – a chemical compound widely used in everyday plastic items – spiked again this week. The release of a study into BPA contamination, from the eating of cans of soup, showed that levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) rose tenfold in volunteers consuming such soups regularly.
  • Take the trash out of the landfill – go reusable

    It's becoming increasingly clear that landfill is no solution to the global garbage problem. It's just a convenient – and all-too-temporary – hidey-hole hole for our overflowing waste-bins. What was convenient for the waste-dumper has turned out to be far from convenient for the rest of us; or for the overstressed environment. And while today's landfill sites are a far cry from the giant holes in the ground common until the 1970s – which leaked like sieves into the local water supply – today's tighter controls and regulations only delay, rather than eliminate, the environmental problems of landfill.
  • Jute Reusable Grocery Bags– green fiber with the golden future?

    It's called 'the golden fiber', and its long glistening threads are often touted as one the most environmentally-friendly of fabrics. But whether jute is found easing your load when shopping, woven into sustainable clothing – or even spun into a fine faux silk – how do those claims of being the green material of choice stack up? What lies behind the push to make jute the eco-fabric of our time?
  • Buying Reusable Bags Direct From A Manufacturer

    Disintermediation - an ugly sounding word, if ever there was one. But that verbal mouthful defines an idea that is moving companies towards a simpler and more elegant way of doing business.

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