Schools are the perfect place to lead by example and implement new and greener choices that will not only help your school reduce their carbon footprint, but it will also show students how easy it is to go green and how small tasks can have a major impact.
There are a lot of people working every day to ban single use plastic bags in their hometowns and communities. Their reasons may differ, but concern for the environment is usually a common theme. This week for What’s In the News Wednesday, we’ve rounded up several locations that have either expanded their disposable bag ban (congratulations, West Hollywood!) or are working to implement their own ordinance.
There are a lot of merits to using reusable shopping bags, from the streamlining of waste management to the use of more eco materials, but there are a lot of perks for members of the animal kingdom when humans decided to make the environmentally responsible decision to carry their purchases in reusable shopping bags.
Enjoy the Outdoors and Help the Planet
With summer in full swing, a day at the beach can be a great way to spend an afternoon while enjoying the outdoors. The warm sun and the cool water can make for a relaxing time, and while you want to make the most of your time at the beach, you also want to make sure you do right by the environment.
Latest News on Bag Bans
There are so many cities, counties and even countries that have implemented bans on single use plastic bags. To help track this movement we’ve put together an interactive map that highlights areas with bag bans, places where officials attempted to pass a ban with no luck and cities that have laws levying a fee on disposable shopping bags. If you haven’t had a chance – check it out! Here are some new locations that recently popped up on our map.
Chicago has had an ongoing discussion about disposable plastic bags for quite a while now. It all started back in October of 2011 when a plastic bag ban was suggested. The State of Illinois made headlines last summer when their Governor attempted to pass radical pro plastic bag legislation in response to the suggested ban. After a lot of hard work, the proposal the Governor had supported did not pass, and while nothing is final, it looks like Chicago is closer than ever to banning disposable plastic bags throughout the city.
In a wonderful letter to the editor, Randy Moorman, Community Campaigns Manager at Eco-Cycle in Boulder, recently broke down why reusable bags are in fact a better decision than recycling single use plastic bags and we loved it. Moorman clearly poses counter arguments to a guest commentary piece that ran in a Boulder newspaper and we wanted to share his thoughts.
The Queensland government decided against issuing a plastic bag ban despite the support for a ban and the negative impact plastic bags have taken on the area. Environment Minister Andrew Powell explained that the government would not introduce any measures that would increase the cost of living for people in Queensland, such as a bag fee.
When Hermosa Beach Girl Scout Troop 3925 was looking for a community project to undertake, they found that they all agreed that disposable plastic bags are causing severe damage to the environment and sustainable options, like reusable shopping bags, are a much better choice.
People focus on the clothing, hairstyles and shoes of celebrities, but some more subtle accessories are sometimes overlooked that can make anybody look like a movie star.