Artists For Humanity Encourage Environmental Awareness

Artists for Humanity was founded in 1991, in Boston, MA, as a place where teen youth could come to practice and develop their talents in art and media.  Artists for Humanity empowers and employs Boston teens in an intensive program of arts and enterprise. AFH partners youth in small groups with professional artists and designers to design, create, market and sell art products.  One of the … [Read more...]

Trash To Treasure

In The Bag is in the business of helping communities start up plastic bag bans one town at a time through art.  ITB strives to educate and motivate people to recycle the plastic they have to use, and to use alternative sources where possible.   In The Bag does this through lively exhibits hosted throughout the world.  In The Bag has helped communities in the Philippines, Cambodia, India, Central … [Read more...]

Creating Good Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle Using eco friendly reusable bags is all about establishing a habit of using them.  We all want to be environmentally responsible, but taking the steps to become environmentally responsible takes motivation and will power initially, until it becomes a habit.  There are some steps you can take to begin the … [Read more...]

Montgomery County, Maryland, Implementing Bag Tax January 2012

On January 1, 2012, Montgomery County, Maryland will begin taxing shopping bags to consumers who need them.   Consumers will start to see ads and signs about the $.05 tax around Thanksgiving up to January 1.   Four of the five cent tax will go towards litter cleanup of the county.  Plastic bags make up the largest part of litter collected throughout Montgomery and the county pays about $3 million … [Read more...]

Jute Reusable Bags Are Durable and Fashionable

Historically, harvesting jute was used to make rope because of its durability.  Jute comes from the Corchorus tree and is grown in India.  India is the world's largest jute growing country.  It is a strong, vegetable-based fiber that also can be used as a material to make paper, cloth furniture, and even carpets.  Jute bags have many uses for both packaging raw materials and as custom reusable … [Read more...]

Colorado Supporting Reusable Shopping Bags

It's time for the city of Boulder, Colorado to update its master plans for Waste Reduction.  Boulder City Council updates it's master plan every five years and the last update was in 2006. Boulder has been striving for a Zero Waste Master Plan over the years, and so the current issue of banning plastic bags is on the table.  In regards to plastic and paper bag usage, the city is considering … [Read more...]

Washing Reusable Shopping Bags Resolves Issues of Bacteria

University of Arizona Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba has released the findings from a test he performed in early summer of 2010, regarding health issues of eco friendly reusable bags.   Dr. Gerba tested eighty seven reusable bags, obtained at random from grocery shoppers in California and Arizona, and each bag was swabbed for bacteria and laboratory tested.  The results found that large numbers … [Read more...]

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