Have you seen our bag ban map lately? So much has changed, and we couldn’t be more excited. The bag ban movement is really growing. There are setbacks, and that is to be expected; but there is a lot more positive progress to repost this month. There are plenty of cities and municipalities making proposals and working toward banning single-use plastic bags. Keep reading to get the latest bag ban updates in the United States.
We’re really excited about a new initiative we’ve undertaken to find the top green cities in the U.S. There are a lot of factors that make a city green, and with this project we’re focusing on cities that have implemented disposable plastic bag bans or fees. Plastic bags have a major environmental impact and taking steps to reduce this impact can have an incredibly positive influence.
There have been a lot of goings on the bag ban front, and while we’re happy to announce some new bans and refocused efforts, there is also some not so great news to report. For the full rundown check out the map and follow the bag ban movement. Keep reading for a more in depth look at some of the more recent developments.
There are two traits that make disposable plastic bags handy. One is the lightweight construction, which will not weigh you down when you carry a loaded bag. The second is durability, which ensures the bag won’t fall apart while in use. Have you ever wondered how disposable plastic bags stacks up against reusable grocery bags? We did, so we did some research to figure out how both types of bags hold up and the results were interesting.
Catherine Pearce, of Walker, Michigan is on a mission. For a couple years now this teacher has noticed disposable plastic bags constantly showing up in trees and shrubs while walking her dogs. Pearce picks up what she can; she even collects bags full of trash in the spring, when the snow melts. Recently, Pearce decided that some changes need to be made, and she is taking her cause to the City of Walker with an idea to ban disposable plastic bags and increase the use of reusable grocery bags.
California is pretty well known for their disposable plastic bag legislation. Well over 100 cities, towns and counties have logged laws banning or implementing fees on single-use bags. There is even a measure to ban plastic bags throughout the entire state. The fate of the bag ban will be decided in November 2016. Reusable shopping bags were already fairly popular in California, but all of this plastic bag legislation creates additional need for reusable shopping bags. If you are advertising in California you should definitely consider creating customized reusable shopping bags.
To understand the benefits of certified reusable bags on the environment, you need to understand the negative impact of plastic bags. To be fair, plastic bags became popular for good reasons and they were initially manufactured and handed out with the best of intentions. Ultimately, when you weigh the impact of certified reusable bags against the impact of plastic bags, you can see what a better choice a reusable bag really makes.
Oftentimes implementing a single-use plastic bag ban is easier said than done. Some cities love the idea and the ban passes by a landslide, while others really don’t like the idea and fight it. Even once a ban or fee is passed the debate still is not over for some municipalities, like Huntington Beach and Dallas whose bag bans were recently overturned.
The past year has been so busy and we’ve learned a lot, and we’ve tried to share all of this information with you in our blog posts each week. As is usually the case at this point in the year we decided to sit back and take stock of the past 12 months, and we’ve rounded up our top 10 green posts, by amount of traffic to each post, from 2015. Read on to get the rundown of these top green posts from 2015.
It seems like disposable plastic bags are everywhere. Even with the growth of the bag ban movement, there are still single-use bags balled up under people’s kitchen sinks, stuck in shrubs and trees and floating in rivers, lakes and oceans. The amount of plastic bags unleashed each year, and the impact of this plastic, is staggering.