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  • Bag Ban in Coral Gables...What Your Business Needs to Know

    The Coral Gables plastic bag ban is good news for the environment, and it is also good news for businesses. Disposable plastic bags became popular due to their lightweight construction, but there are a lot of environmental trade offs. These single-use bags are made from nonrenewable resources, they are exceedingly difficult and costly to recycle and are very likely to end up as litter. Plastic bag bans put an end to all of these negative impacts, while also creating an opportunity for your business to help your clients as you promote your brand. First, know that the bag ban is now in full effect with a one-year implementation program that includes education for retailers and consumers, as well as the opportunity for retailers to use their existing inventory of single-use plastic bags. There seems to be a genuine desire by the city of Coral Gables to help both retailers and consumers become educated and excited about the ban. Retailers are strongly encouraged to educate their employees to promote reusable bags and post signs to educate consumers about the ban.
  • What Cities Have Banned Plastic Bags?

    Plastic bag bans began to gain traction around 2007 when San Francisco approved a law prohibiting disposable plastic bags in certain retail establishments. San Francisco's ban was not implemented until 2012, and it was expanded in 2013, but ever since the law was first approved, plastic bag bans have continued to pop up. We have highlighted below several cities that have plastic bag bans in place. To learn more and see the plastic bag ban movement as a whole, check out our bag ban map. Our bag ban map of the entire world shows which cities have banned plastic bags, implemented bag fees, and shows those cities that have had failed bag bans. You can also get a quick alphabetical list of cities that have plastic bag bans on our Top Green Cities in the U.S. page.
  • Bad News for The Environment as Iowa Bans Plastic Bag Bans

    Iowa has joined the ranks of Michigan, Arizona, and Florida with a recently passed piece of legislation that prevents cities and counties within the state from passing plastic bag bans, or measures that would levy fees or taxes on disposable plastic bags. There was interest in several Iowa communities in banning plastic bags, and as is typically the case, once one municipality passes a ban neighboring cities and counties will follow their lead. Plastic bag bans prevent environmental harm and can be good for the planet and communities. It’s disappointing news when we hear about bans on plastic bag bans becoming a reality.
  • Plastic Bag Bans Matter! Here's How to Start a Bag Ban in Your Community

    Single-use plastic bag bans are becoming more common and sought after by communities and states like California that want to protect our environment. Plastic bag bans allow communities to prevent litter, and the resulting harm and costs caused by litter and its clean up. Even as some states are looking to limit or ban plastic bag bans, there is still a very strong movement and increased interest in plastic bag bans. Have you thought about starting a bag ban in your hometown? We’ve outlined the steps to starting a plastic ban ban in your community, but here are some more tips to help you implement plastic bag bans.
  • Update on Coral Gables Plastic Bag Ban

    Coral Gables is on the verge of becoming the first city in Florida to pass a ban on single-use plastic bags! The proposal already passed the first vote. A second and final vote was scheduled for March 28, but unfortunately, that vote did not happen. As of now the vote is on hold and the future of the bag ban in Coral Gables is still undecided. If approved, the ban would prevent the use of single-use plastic bags at city special events and by retailers.
  • Here's The Easy Way to Remember Your Reusable Bags

    Making the switch to reusable bags can take some getting used to and forming the habit of grabbing your bags is a must. Until that habit is formed it can be frustrating when you find yourself at the checkout without your bags, but we are here to help with tips for creating a habit. New research shows that is does not take just 21 days, as was previously thought, to create a new habit, but on average it takes 66 days to form a habit. The easy way to remember your reusable bags is to keep using these tips until grabbing your bags becomes habit.
  • Why Minnesota Wants a Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

    Disposable plastic bag bans are gaining visibility in Minnesota and we think that's great. In fact, Minneapolis passed a plastic bag ban that goes into action in June. Duluth is also considering implementing a bag ban of their own. Still, some state lawmakers are not on board with this trend, and are discussing a bill to ban plastic bag bans. Although there is a lot of support to ban plastic bags due to the environmental impact, a new movement is forming in response to the state’s efforts to ban plastic bag bans. Read on to find out why Minnesota is working to put an end to plastic bag bans in their state.
  • Jacksonville Beach Joins Fight Against Florida Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

    The movement to ban disposable plastic bags in Florida is picking up momentum with Jacksonville Beach throwing their support behind a state bill. This comes shortly after a group of students from North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, made a presentation to their local officials in support of the same bill.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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