The European Union (EU), an economic and political union of 28 countries located mostly in Europe, has been seriously contemplating whether to ban disposable plastic bags. Several countries that belong to the EU have already passed outright bans or implanted fees on single use bags (check out the bans at https://www.factorydirectpromos.com/plastic-bag-bans), but currently there is no law at the EU level. This issue has been researched and discussed, but the vote has been pushed back on numerous occasions leaving many wondering if a decision will ever be made.
Every aspect of a tradeshow contributes to the overall sustainability of the event so it’s important to think about the eco qualities of the venue when planning an event. It’s easy to identify eco traits in materials and allocation of resources, but choosing an eco-friendly venue for a trade show may seem like a tricky task at first. Here are a few areas to consider to help you determine the degree of eco-friendliness a venue possesses.
When a company wants to make greener socially, and environmentally responsible decisions, it really takes a team effort to implement these initiatives and continue to move forward and find new ways to improve sustainability. It is a great help to have all levels of your staff on board with your company’s green goals and processes. Here are eight ways you can empower and engage your staff to do just that.
It seems like just about every day there is another city or county contemplating reducing the use of disposable shopping bags through one measure or another. It is really exciting to see the different approaches and methods supporters take and it is even more exciting when all of the hard work pays off and plastic bag bans are implemented. However, everything doesn’t always go according to plan. Here is a rundown of three cities trying to find a way to make things work.
Unfortunately, plastic production is a big business. With several states passing laws allowing hydrofracking, and other states considering allowing this practice, the door is wide open for more raw materials to create more environmentally harmful, disposable plastic bags. When natural gas is pulled from underground shale deposits, it can be processed into polyethylene which can then be used to create a variety of plastics – including single use plastic bags.
When you’re in your day-to-day routine you can easily keep up with your green practices, but there is no reason to let travel upset your green routine. When you travel, you can stick to your green practices and make sustainable choices whenever possible. Here are a few tips for green traveling that will help the planet and allow you to relax knowing that you’ve done your part.
Plastic garbage in our oceans has been a known problem for many years, and a recent study conducted by University of Wisconsin-Superior researchers found plastic particles in the Great Lakes for the second year in a row. Plastic debris had previously been discovered in Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie and this recent research uncovered plastic in Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario. “The accumulation of plastic particles is a great threat to our natural ecosystem and to the humans who use Lake Superior for our drinking water supply,” said Mary Balcer, director of the Lake Superior Research Institute at UW-Superior.
A recent study reported in MNN found that sea turtles are eating more and more plastic with some species eating almost twice as much today, as compared to 25 years ago. When any animal consumes plastic, it can become lodged in the animal’s digestive system and lead to death. It’s also very easy for an animal to become tangled in plastic trash and that can leave the animal unable to fend for itself. Trash in general is a problem, but because plastic is not biodegradable and holds up just fine in water, it is almost indestructible and this is a big problem for all animals who call the oceans home.
Litter needs to be cleaned up because it is just ugly to look at and it is a serious danger to animals both on land and in the water. Animals can eat the bags and die or they can become tangled in the bags and are left defenseless. Litter mars the natural beauty of our parks, beaches and homes and there is just no place for it. But just how much money does it cost anyway?
In a recent poll put on the TheCalifornian.com an impressive 74 percent of respondents indicated they whole heartedly support the notion of banning plastic bags and that they would readily bring their own reusable grocery bags when they shop. This is great news and shows that folks are serious about taking this step, eliminating disposable plastic bags from the waste stream and helping the planet.