Latest Chapter in Ongoing Plastic Bag Saga Finds Toronto Bag Ban Overturned….For Now

Latest Chapter in Ongoing Plastic Bag Saga Finds Toronto Bag Ban Overturned….For Now

When Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, attempted to do away with a 5-cent fee that was levied on plastic bags handed out at stores within the city that set off a surprising turn of events. Ford wanted to do away with the fee because he felt it was not necessary – he felt shoppers should be able to use plastic bags if they want to and it was silly to charge a fee to dissuade them. The council immediately voted to pass the mayor’s proposal to end the fee and just as quickly proposed and passed an outright ban on plastic bags. The ban was scheduled to begin on January 1, 2013, but once again the plan has changed.

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Plastic Pollution and the Impact on the Food Chain

Plastic Pollution and the Impact on the Food Chain

Plastic bag recycling is often touted as a solution to the environmental damage caused by plastic bags, but it just isn’t that simple. Through increased education and outreach programs, plastic bag recycling is in fact on the rise. However, recycling plastic bags is not as efficient (they get stuck in the machinery) or effective as recycling other materials such as paper or glass. There are a wide variety of plastics out there and different types of plastic require different handling and processing for recycling. Throw into the mix the fact that plastic bags are often contaminated with food or other forms of waste, which complicates the handling and recycling process, and what seemed like a good idea, becomes a massive undertaking.

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Uganda Struggles to Ban Disposable Plastic Bags

Uganda Struggles to Ban Disposable Plastic Bags

Uganda has been waging a war against plastic bags since 2002. At that time a lawsuit was filed by the group Greenwatch. The suit claimed that the use of plastic for disposable bags, containers and food wrappers violated the right of Uganda’s citizens to a clean and healthy environment. In June 2007 the government banned the importation, use and distribution of polythene bags less than 30 microns thick, but Parliament never passed a law implementing the ban and plastic bag manufacturers found a loophole and continued to produce and distribute plastic bags. Plastic bag manufacturers circumvented this ban by producing bags that were 30 or 31 microns thick. The manufacturers thought they were being clever, but they were just perpetuating the use of plastic bags and all of the harm these bags cause as opposed to reusable bags.

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Power Up with Green Energy

Power Up with Green Energy

p>Green energy can mean a couple different things. Clean and efficient energy options fall under the definition of green energy, as well as sustainable options and combined heat and power. The advantages of going green are many – it allows you to stabilize or maybe even lower your energy expenses and the environmental toll is minimal to non-existent.

Green energy reduces the amount of power needed to create more energy units, so overall less energy is used. Using less energy reduces or eliminates greenhouse gas emissions which improve air quality and public health. Simple things like switching to energy efficient light bulbs can allow you to better use resources and save money, while bigger changes like using solar, wind or biomass power can have a greater impact not only on your bottom line but also on the environment.

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How to Reach Customers through Slogans and Branding Messages on Reusable Bags

How to Reach Customers through Slogans and Branding Messages on Reusable Bags

It would be great if you could start a conversation with your customers right? What would it be worth to your brand if you could sit down with prospects and customers and talk about what your company believes in and what you are doing to create a better product or to provide superior service?  And what if you could outline your environmental goals and the steps you are taking to reach those goals? Wouldn’t that be great marketing?  While it impossible even with social media, to chat with all of your prospects and customers, you most certainly can create promotional customized bags that will start and carry the conversation for you…and that is priceless.

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How Does Delhi Plan to Make Failed 2009 Bag Ban Law a Success?

How Does Delhi Plan to Make Failed 2009 Bag Ban Law a Success?

Delhi passed a ban on disposable plastic bags in January of 2009. Specifically the ban prohibited the production, storage, distribution, and use of plastic bags.  Failure to adhere to this law was supposed to result in fines and possible jail time; however, the law was not upheld. Plastic bags were still manufactured, sold, stored and handed out. Many store owners claimed that they had to continue to use plastic bags because their competitors were and by not doing the same they would drive customers to shop elsewhere. Essentially, everyone justified breaking the law because everyone else was doing it.

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Want The Stories Behind The Worldwide Plastic Bag Ban Movement?

Want The Stories Behind The Worldwide Plastic Bag Ban Movement?

Factory Direct Promos (FDP) recently launched an interactive map https://www.factorydirectpromos.com/plastic-bag-bans that lets you track the movement to ban disposable plastic bags all over the world. This in-depth map features color-coded pins that indicate whether a location has a ban on the books, where a ban failed to pass or if an area has a law mandating a fee be levied on bags at the checkout.

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