Plastic Bag Ban Favored by Toronto Council

The ongoing debate about getting rid of the 5 cent levy on plastic bags has finally come to an end, resulting in a complete ban on plastic bags from 2013 in Toronto. The initiative is likely to increase the demand for wholesale reusable bags from retailers to sell at stores and supermarkets. … [Read more...]

Reusable Shopping Bags A Better Choice

In 1994, Charles Moore founded the Algalita Marine Research Foundation (AMRF) in order to research the reasons for the disappearing giant kelp forests in the Pacific ocean and to improve the water quality through the preservation and re-construction of wetlands along the California coast. In 1997, while returning to California from Hawaii aboard his catamaran, named the Alguita, he chose to chart … [Read more...]

Leatherback Turtles Seen In Monterey Bay

The Leatherback turtle is an ancient reptile that has existed, almost unchanged, since before the dinosaurs.  A small group of Leatherbacks travel the Pacific, from as far away as Papua New Guinea  looking for jelly fish on the Central Coast. 
 They arrive in late summer, early fall, along the California coast. The number of Leatherbacks were higher this year in California because the number of … [Read more...]

Chicago Aldermen Looking To Ban Plastic Bags

The city of Chicago is comprised of 50 wards or legislative districts. Each ward elects one Alderman. The 50 Aldermen comprise Chicago's City Council, who along with the Mayor of Chicago, govern the city.  Joe Mareno, Chicago Alderman of the First Ward, wants to ban plastic bags in Chicago. The city of Chicago currently requires businesses to give customers the opportunity to recycle their … [Read more...]

Waste Management Employees Caught Dumping Recyclables

In Plant City, Florida, 2 waste haulers were caught dumping recyclables into the same truck with the rest of the trash by a resident who lives there.  Anne Ramos taped the waste haulers after she noticed the same event happening on an earlier occasion.  The video can be seen at Tampa Bay Online. Waste Management has been fined $250 by Hillsborough County for violating the terms of its … [Read more...]

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition Taking Action Against Plastic Bag Bans

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition said it would ask the First District California Court of Appeal to overturn a bag ban in unincorporated areas of Marin County, California.  The ban is to formally begin in January 1, 2012.  In the Marin County ban, there is a paper bag tax if customers choose paper bags, but Marin County would prefer it's residents bring their own reusable shopping … [Read more...]

It’s Just A Plastic Bag

Virginia Fleck takes throw away, single use plastic bags, that would normally end up in a landfill, and turns them into beautiful pieces of art.  Each piece is unique as she creates mandalas out of used plastic bags.  The intricate mandalas are a collage of color that may contain some print material depending on the bags she uses.  Her pieces have been featured in art museums throughout the … [Read more...]

Convenient Ways To Wash Your Reusable Shopping Bags

We are all hearing about the importance of washing our recyclable grocery bags to prevent bacteria from forming, and there are a few good suggestions out there on how to do this effectively.  Soap and water removes up to 99.9% of bacteria, but some recycled shopping bags are a little too fragile to be thrown in the washing machine with the rest of your laundry. One creative suggestion is to add … [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...]

Portland, Oregan Plastic Bag Ban In Effect

Portland, Oregon's ban on plastic bags at major retailers went into effect October 15th, 2011.  In grocery stores throughout the city, consumers will need to bring their own eco friendly reusable bags.  Plastic bags will still be available in the produce sections, but not at check out stands. The city of Portland wants to remind citizens that if you are purchasing meat products and produce … [Read more...]

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