In a statement recently issued by Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource and environmental issues, the plastic problem is broken down. This report makes it clear that the problems caused by plastic far outweigh the advantages.
The Super Bowl is a huge event – people travel from all over to attend pre-game events starting with the Pro Bowl the week before and leading up to the game on Sunday February 1st. Now while all of this is a really exciting time, unfortunately all of the people and events can have a very large environmental impact. However the folks at this year’s host stadium, The University of Phoenix Stadium, and the NFL have all been hard at work doing amazing things to make the 2015 Super Bowl the greenest yet.
Jack Groh, director of the NFL Environmental Program said it best when he said, “It’s not so much about how much of the problem do you create, it’s about how much of the problem are you willing to take responsibility for?” From everything that they have done and continue to do on the green front, it is clear that the NFL is serious about making this a very green Super Bowl 2015.
There is now a ban on the production and sale of disposable plastic bags in Jilin Province in Northeast China. The objective of the ban was to reduce trash and help streamline the waste stream. Shoppers can bring their own reusable grocery bags or they can use biodegradable bags. The law went into effect on the first day of this year.
Inside the Garbage of the World is a great film that is full of so much information and insight and the more we watch it the more we want to take action, but we need help. In fact, we pretty much need the help of everyone in the world to reverse the damage caused by plastic pollution. This is definitely a big undertaking, but we are optimistic we can all help turn things around. To help inspire you here are three facts about plastic pollution you might not have known.
Keeping up with the ever-changing developments surrounding disposable plastic bag bans is a job we here at Factory Direct Promos love doing. It can be a lot of work but we actually have our bag ban expert Alison with us to keep track of the developments and it is so great to see cities pull together and make something that they believe in happen. It is also so incredibly inspiring to see neighboring cities and towns follow suit and implement bans of their own. While California still dominates the bag ban coverage, we are super excited to follow up with long overdue developments in Long Island and report on some new happenings in Kansas.
The entire journey to ban single-use plastic bags in California has been epic – there have been ups and downs and it almost seemed like when Governor Jerry Brown signed SB270 into law on September 30, 2014 that the trek was going to end on a high note and disposable plastic bags would quickly become a relic of the past.
Turns out that was wishful thinking and the journey is going to be a little longer, but we’re still optimistic single-use plastic bags will ultimately be banned at the state level.
I was lucky enough to get introduced to a film called Inside the Garbage of the World a couple of weeks ago on Twitter by the filmmaker himself, Philippe Carillo. You will want to follow along with him and his wife Maxine on Twitter HERE but basically, the film, explores the devastating impact pollution, and in particular plastic pollution, has on the oceans and how that in turn impacts all life on the planet. This film has lots of updated and informative info and is really worth the watch. It breaks down the plastic pollution problems, shatters myths and explains how we can work to overcome the plastic pollution problem.
When California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed SB270 into law this past September, he changed the future of the Golden State and he changed the state of the environment for the better.
“This bill is a step in the right direction – it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said. “We’re the first (state) to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”
You have a lot of freedom of choice when you design your own reusable bag and you can make something that is completely custom and one-of-a-kind, but sometimes getting started can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Should you select the color first? What about the material? No worries because we have made it so easy to create your custom bag in four simple steps.
There is so much to be thankful for and we consider ourselves lucky to have such an abundance of great people and good things happening in our lives. While thinking over everything we’re thankful for that got us thinking about just how thankful we are for reusable bags, so we thought we’d put together a list of the 5 reasons we’re thankful for reusable grocery bags!