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  • Reusable Produce Bags

    In the battle against disposable bags some types of bags have been spared. Even under the strictest of bag bans plastic bags found in the produce department or in a bulk candy section usually make it out unscathed and paper bags used in pharmacies are typically A-Okay. These bags are normally allowed for sanitary or privacy reasons. Their inherent function or discreteness of these bags does not make them any less dangerous to the environment. Plastic produce bags are not biodegradable and like their shopping bag equivalents they are most likely destined to take up space in landfills or whether intentional or not become litter.
  • New York Community Bans Plastic Bags

    Southampton, New York is the oldest settlement in the state, and the residents decided to make their home the first in another regard: Southampton is the first community in the state of New York to ban disposable plastic bans. After a year of public hearings the town rallied and the ban was approved. The notion of the bag ban picked up momentum amid concerns about the choking hazard plastic bags pose to wildlife and unsightly litter. The road to the ban was not without issues and disputes, but the residents and the town board were able to work together to make the plastic bag ban a reality. “I think it is all good, I think it’s all for the best. I’m really proud of the town,” said resident Julia Gruen.
  • Charges Brought Against LA County After Ban Implemented

    Over the last several months Los Angeles County rolled out a plan to ban plastic disposable bags in an effort to make the area free from plastic litter and to combat the negative environmental impact caused by plastic bags. The ban went into action in stages. The first stage went into law July 1, 2011 and banned the use of plastic bags in major retailers. Phase II extended the ban to smaller establishments on January, 1 2012.
  • Sustainable Properties of Bamboo

    It is understood that reusable bags are safer on the environment, but once you decide to make the switch to reusable bags your decisions do not end there. Reusable shopping bags are definitely better for the environment than disposable plastic bags, but not all reusable bags are the same. Bags constructed from bamboo offer an unparalleled level of sustainability and eco-friendliness.
  • Champaign Proposes Disposable Bag Tax

    Champaign, Illinois is throwing around the idea of placing a tax on disposable plastic and paper bags. The goal is simple: to reduce the community's carbon footprint. The secondary benefit of such a tax would be the revenue. The bag tax could raise nearly $200,000 in revenue for Champaign, according to Angela Adams, recycling coordinator for the City of Champaign. The money would go back to the community and would be used to finance programs and resources for the City, including an education campaign on recycling.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    Located in the Pacific Ocean are a number of circular currents that run several thousand miles wide and are known as the North Pacific Gyre. Most vessels making the journey between the mainland United States and Hawaii typically try to avoid this high-pressure system in the central Pacific Ocean because the water lacks the nutrients necessary for fruitful fishing and it lacks the wind needed to propel vessels relying on the winds power to thrust them across the ocean. Trash and debris that find its way into the ocean from Pacific Rim countries travel via these currents and accumulate about 1,000 miles off the California coast all the way to the coast of Japan into what has come to be known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • Eugene, Oregon Working to Encourage Reusable Shopping Bags

    Plastic bags are not very popular in Eugene, Oregon, so a recent move to ban them has not caused much of a stir. The ban actually has found support from organizations that typically do not back plastic bag bans: grocers. More than 60 local businesses that range from mom and pop shops to major chains in the Eugene area have announced their support of the ban. There is still some work to be done, but best case scenario the folks of Eugene can be free from plastic bags in as little as 6 months.
  • San Francisco Slammed with Bag Ban Lawsuit

    Sometimes agreeing to disagree is just not on option. The city of San Francisco was recently on the receiving end of a lawsuit that claims the San Francisco Board of Supervisors violated the California Environmental Quality Control Act by not submitting the new ban, which expanded the existing ban put into action in 2007, to a lengthy environmental review before passing the measure. The suit was brought by Steven Joseph, of the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition. Joseph has filed a number of lawsuits against counties and cities all over the state of California fighting efforts to reduce the consumption of disposable plastic bags and encourage reusable grocery bags.
  • Girl Scouts Encourage Reusable Bags and Bottles

    Girl Scouts know how to celebrate a milestone. Scouts across the country are commemorating the 100th anniversary of their organization by participating in a Take Action Project that they have dubbed the Forever Green program. This global program consists of three month-long projects Scouts can sign up for and participate in during February, March, and April. The goal is to educate the girls about the environment and sustainability. The Reduce Waste leg of this trifecta teaches girls about the impact waste has on our shared world and how to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste each of us contributes to landfills, primarily single-use plastic bags. The program also strives to increase aluminum can recycling. This is a fantastic project that will reach not only the Scouts themselves, but it encourages the girls to involve their friends and family to help spread the message of sustainability and develop lifelong eco-friendly habits that will reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Kids Support Reusable Bag Message

    Kindergarten students at Dillon Valley Elementary in Colorado, which is about 70 miles west of Denver, recently, completed a six week unit on water and oceans, and a main point the kids took away from their studies was that plastic bags are just no good. Lessons focused on water quality and ways to protect our waterways, students learned about the destructive impact of litter and that disposable plastic bags make up the overwhelming majority of litter. The devastating toll plastic bags take on the environment, particularly the world's oceans, was an eye opener for the kids. Many of the children were saddened by the knowledge that marine animals can become entangled or mistakenly eat discarded plastic bags which lead to their deaths. Empowered with this knowledge the students made the decision to forgo plastic bags in favor of reusable shopping bags.

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