Plastic Bag Ban: A Tale of Two Cities

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Plastic Bag Ban: A Tale of Two Cities. The photo above depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the U.S. In the war for and against the ubiquitous plastic bag – a symbol of all that is right, and wrong, about America – two cities stand as examples: Seattle, Washington and Swan Quarter, North Carolina. Carolina, a city along the Atlantic coast in a state which, in late June of 2009, passed a bag ban, S.L

10 Reasons Why Should We Ban Plastic Bags


Plastic bags are a convenient way to carry. In fact, it is estimated that up to 10 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world [1]. 300 to 700 plastic bags pass through the hands of an average American in just one year [8] and a survey of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs concluded that the average household in the United Kingdom stores around 40 plastic shopping bags at home [2]. Bans in other countries.

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California Bans Plastic Bags! WooHoo!!!

Eco Chic

But seriously, this evening, governor Jerry Brown announced a plastic bag ban for the ENTIRE state —and check your maps, California is HUGE! From the Sierra Nevadas to the Pacific, from NorCal to SoCal, from Hollywood to Hippie enclaves, from desert to redwoods, plastic bans are now a shrinking commodity, less likely to pollute our lakes, streams and the oceans, blow into trees and stay there approximately forever, and less likely to get eaten by marine animals.

Jordan bans plastic bags, joining Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE

Green Prophet

The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) announced plans to ban the use of plastic bags starting next year. The ruling also applies to plastic containers that come in direct contact with food products (think take-away and deli counter sales). The action seeks to safeguard public health and address excessive use of disposable plastic products.“The No word on what constitutes “greener” substitutes, nor how the ban will be enforced.

Portland City Council Approves Plastic Bag Ban

Sustainability Ninja

Portland has joined a growing list of cities that have banned plastic bags. The Portland City Council unanimously (5-0) approved an ordinance this week that prohibits plastic shopping bags at major grocers and certain big-box stores. The ban applies to supermarkets with $2 million or more in gross annual sales plus stores with pharmacies and at least 10,000 square feet of space. Eco News portland plastic bag ban

Plastic Bags ‘Round the World

Wend Magazine

Plastic bags are the poster child for mass one-use consumption. Bag ban legislation—successful and not—has been sparked in cities and states across the country, as well as the world. But so far as our checkout stand goes, plastic doesn’t actually rank that much worse than paper bags on the environmentally-friendly scale. Especially since plastic bags are so ubiquitous.

Plastic Bag Bans around the World


Since the late 1970s, plastic bags have. The reality is that over the past 40 years plastic bag usage has skyrocketed and has caused drastic problems for natural ecosystems. Plastic bags are often eaten by animals, causing them to choke and die. Even though the usage of plastic bags is still slowly on the rise, many countries have started to become aware of the environmental damage they can cause. Countries that have banned plastic bags.

Plastic Bag Fighting California Ban.

Elephant Journal

More on Plastic Bags and (Inevitable) Bans. From Factory Direct Promos: Will California Become the First State to Officially Ban Single Use Plastic Bags? From elephant journal: If You Love Animals, Boycott Plastic Bags. Magazine: Plastic State of Mind–A video parody: Why the age-old “paper or plastic?” From Yes! ” question shouldn’t be a question at [.].

Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled?


Plastic bags are made from oil, natural gas or, as in the case, of bioplastics, plant material. The material is heated to a melting point so that it can be poured into a die the shape of a plastic bag. . According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as many as one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide annually. Plastic bags can be recycled and made into products such as natural-wood-looking decking. bread bags.

Plastic Bag Degradation – What You Should Know


One trillion plastic bags are used and. Most of these bags are made from petroleum. In the United States alone, it is estimated that 12 million barrels of oil are used annually to make plastic bags [1]. The manufacturing of plastic bags adds many tons of carbon and toxic chemicals into the atmosphere as well [2]. Of the one trillion bags used, less than five percent are recycled [3]. Do plastic bags ever decompose?

New Invention Turns Plastic Bags into Crude Oil for Heating Homes.

Wend Magazine

Magazine Blog iWend Greenery Digital Edition Wend Your Way Subscribe Wend Magazine – Greenery Share this: Tweet Share New Invention Turns Plastic Bags into Crude Oil for Heating Homes Sami Ewers February 23rd, 2011 Follow me on Twitter @samiewers A Japanese inventor has come up with a contraption that converts plastic bags, bottles and caps into crude oil (petroleum) that can be used to power a generator, which can heat a person’s home. Bag it!

How Are Plastic Bags Made? Step-By-Step Plastic Bag Production Process


For billions of people plastic bags are an efficient and cheap way to transport goods. As the production of plastic bags continues to increase worldwide we must ask, what are the environmental drawbacks of our obsession with plastic bags? How can we address consumption trends where plastic bags are often used only one time? How can we make the bags themselves from environmentally friendly materials? What are plastic bags made of?

Toronto City Council Bans Plastic Bags


Canadian environmentalists celebrate a victory, as Toronto City Council votes to ban all plastic bags by January 1, 2013. Read More. Causes Environment News Top News

Historic News as L.A. Bans Plastic Bags in Stores


to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines. Los Angeles has made history by becoming the largest city in the U. Read More. Causes Environment News Top News ian somerhalder rosario dawson

Is New York City Ready for a Plastic Bag Ban?


Look out New York City – the same group that successfully convinced San Francisco to pass a comprehensive plastic bag ban has you targeted next., an initiative of the Read More The post Is New York City Ready for a Plastic Bag Ban? appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment News Top News

Los Angeles to Become Biggest US City to Ban Plastic Bags


Los Angeles is about to be the largest city in America to ban plastic bags. Read More The post Los Angeles to Become Biggest US City to Ban Plastic Bags appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment News Top News

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Containers to Reduce Trash


As of October 1st plastic bags and foam containers will no longer be allowed to be imported, manufactured and marketed to consumers in Haiti. Read More The post Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Containers to Reduce Trash appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment News Top News

66 Percent Drop in Plastic Bag Use

Green Earth Journey

A strict Chinese limit on ultra-thin plastic bags significantly reduced bag-related pollution nationwide during the past year. The country avoided the use of 40 billion bags, according to government estimates. Plastic bags are commonly found in waterways, on beaches, and in other "unofficial" dumping sites across China. Litter caused by the notorious bags has been referred to as "white pollution." The limit in bag production saved China 1.6

Plastic Bag Ban in LA


The Los Angeles City Council has this week formally endorsed a sweeping ban on the distribution of single-use, plastic shopping bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies within city limits. Under the policy approved on a 13-to-1 vote, the city will take a phased, three-step approach for curbing the environmental and fiscal waste associated with the distribution, collection and disposal of single-use bags.

American Samoa Bans Plastic Bags, California Rejects Similar Ban

Eco Friendly Daily

It is no surprise that many governments, whether they be national or local, are looking towards banning the use of plastic bags. The reports are endless regarding the build-up of plastics in our oceans and the subsequent deaths of marine animals and the increasingly poisoned seas. There are many well-known floating islands of plastic across the globe, plastics which are breaking down and harming life on the planet.

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Tasmania Bans Plastic Bags


A ban on on plastic shopping bags comes into effect in Tasmania in November after a bill was passed in Tasmania''s Upper House last week. South Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT have already enacted similar bans. Ulverstone''s Ben Kearney, who has been active in the campaign said it was a shame Tasmania had not led the nation on the bans. "I

The Ins and Outs of Plastic Bags

Eco Friendly Daily

Many cities have made the decision to ban plastic bags. Plastic presents a serious environmental threat in terms of landfill waste and longevity in the environment. However, is plastic really the villain as it is portrayed? The Bad Side of Plastic Bags. Plastic bags have a major failing. The plastic bags that you get at the store are made of a chemical that decomposing bacteria do not recognize as food.

The UAE’s Plastic Bag Story Isn’t Eco-Happy Yet

Green Prophet

The plastic bag story isn’t over yet, but it’s definitely on the right track. United Arab Emirates’ residents are awash with excitement over the Ministry of Environment and Water’s moves to ban conventional plastic bags by 2013. Plastic bags are the bane of natural existence. Engineer Mohammad Saleh Badin, the authority’s Acting Director General, told the paper that all plastic bags must be biodegradeable by 2013.

Plastic Bag Ban In Hawaii

Conservation Hawaii

The old debate is back with a twist: Paper or Plastic or The Planet If you go to the grocery store on Maui or Kauai, don’t be surprised if the clerk doesn’t offer you a plastic bag at checkout. The “plastic bag ban”, as [.]. He’s not being lazy or discourteous. He’s following the law and saving the planet. Business Environment Green Economy Recycling

Inspired by Oman Caves: Take Green Prophet’s Plastic Bag Challenge!

Green Prophet

Take our plastic bag challenge. Tell the clerk you’ll pass on that bag, instead tuck your purchases into your pockets or purse. You bolder folks, ask the managers if they’d switch to biodegradable or sell reusable bags. Plastic trash is everywhere. It’s hard to take a photo where a bag isn’t perched in a tree, nesting in a wall or flying in a breeze. Plastic bags carpet the cave floor , blown in across miles of remote flatland.

Plastic Bag Ban In Hawaii Part II

Conservation Hawaii

And the Plastic Bag Band Plays on! There is a lot of talk (and a bit of shouting) these days about the “plastic bag ban” here in our great Aloha State. Here are some facts about the fuss: The plastic bag ban in Maui and Kaua’i counties: It’s official Beginning on 1/1/11, Maui and Kaua’i counties officially banned [.].

Unrecyclable Biodegradable Plastic Bags Enforced in Gulf Country

Green Prophet

In a well-meaning effort to rid Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other emirates from plastic bags , the United Arab Emirates government has banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags. But critics worry that these bags, which are said to break down faster than conventional plastic bags, can’t be recycled. This move comes after a succession of stories revealed the deleterious impact that plastic has on the environment.

Is Banning Plastic Bags an Option?

Eco Friendly Daily

Plastic bags seem to be an ever-present part of American society. Many Americans fight their environmentally damaging presence by using reusable canvas bags for shopping, yet they are still in the minority and plastic bags continue to spring up everywhere. Most plastic bags are made from petrochemicals (yes, petroleum as in oil), a non-renuable resource.

Plastic bag use on the rise again in Britain

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) After a number of years of decline, the use of plastic bags by shoppers in the United Kingdom has risen again in 2010, so government authorities said. Usage had had gone down by 40 percent after 2006 when the government, retailers and environmental advocates led a campaign to cut down on the 11 billion plastic bags Britons used annually. But it's time to accept bags are not the be-all and end-all of environmental issues.”

Seattle Newest Addition To Cities Banning Plastic Bags

Eco Friendly Daily

Plastic bags have come under fire as millions of the disposable bags end up in landfills, as litter and all too often in the world’s waterways. Plastic bags take hundreds of years to decompose and while doing so they expose the environment to a number of chemicals. Plastic bags, alongside other plastic products like containers and bottles, are a major cause of the floating plastic islands plaguing the world’s oceans.

No Plastic Bags in Delhi


The government of India’s capital city says its some 17 million residents will have to learn to shop without plastic bags. On Tuesday, the Delhi cabinet approved an order imposing a blanket ban on the use, storage, sale and manufacture of single-use plastic bags in the city. Woman shops for bags in Delhi carrying plastic bags that will soon be illegal. Shoppers must now adopt alternatives such as jute, cloth and recycled paper bags.

France’s new ban on plastic throwaways should be extended globally

Green Prophet

France has passed a new law that bans cups, cutlery, plates, and takeaway containers made from plastic. It’s The part of the nation’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, which will also carry out a ban on plastic bags in grocery shops and markets beginning in July. Arash Derambarsh, a municipal councillor for the commune of Courbevoie in Paris, has called for the ban on single-use plastics to be implemented across Europe.

Too Much Plastic? Bag it! A review by the Joy Trip Project

Wend Magazine

Magazine Blog iWend Greenery Digital Edition Wend Your Way Subscribe Wend Magazine – Greenery Share this: Tweet Share Too Much Plastic? Bag it! A review by the Joy Trip Project James Mills March 10th, 2011 For those of you in the Northwest who plan on heading to the premiere of the film Bag It! Recently publicized in a previous post on the Wend Blog , the movie offers up an entertaining and informative view our real world cast in plastic. Bag It! Bag it!

China bans plastic bags

The Green Changemakers

Good news from the Mongabay-Newsletter: China bans plastic bags January 13, 2008 In effort to stem plastic pollution, China has banned stores from using flimsy plastic bags and is mandating an additional charge if customers opt for a more durable plastic bag. Joining countries such as Ireland, Taiwan, and parts of South Africa, this new measure is aimed at encouraging the use of cloth bags and other reusable containers.

California to become first U.S. state to ban plastic bags

Green Blog

29, the state Senate voted 22-15 in support of a statewide ban on plastic bags. The bill, SB 270, will phase them out in grocery stores and pharmacies beginning in July 2015, and in convenience stores one year later, with the goal of making California a plastic bag-free state by the end of 2016. That last note clashes with the words of Republicans, who have opposed the ban , claiming it will cause job losses for bag manufacturers.

Bloomberg Seeks Ban on Plastic Bag Packaging


New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will propose in his final State of the City address today a citywide ban on plastic-foam food packaging from stores and restaurants. City officials said a plastic-foam ban on products including cups, trays and takeout boxes could save millions of dollars, reported the New York Times. Recycling plastic foam, which is not biodegradable, can cost up to $20 per ton

Seeking a Ban on Plastic Bags in NC


I started a petition to Mayor Anthony Foxx and City Council Representative John Autry, District 5 to implement a city-wide ban on non-compostable plastic bags. This is why it''s important: As Americans we throw away 100 billion plastic bags a year that is the equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil, yet only 1-2% of these bags are My name is Ariel Elizabeth Kirkland and my son and I live in Charlotte, NC.

Toronto Becomes First Canadian City to Ban Single Plastic Bag Use


Toronto City Council has got rid of single use plastic bags, but it wasn't quite what the proposer of the motion intended. Mayor Rob Ford moved that the City get rid of the charge on plastic bags, but in a stunning reversal of his intention the Council ended up voting 24-20 to stop retailer s from giving out or selling any plastic shopping bags, “including those advertised as compostable, biodegradable, photodegradable or similar,” as of the beginning of next year.

Bag Warehouse Backs Los Angeles’ City Wide Ban on Single Use Plastic Bags in Grocery Stores with Two Week Discount on Grocery Style Tote Bags

Green (Living) Review

Bag Warehouse recognizes the Los Angeles ban on single use plastic bags in grocery stores as an opportunity for local companies and organizations to ramp up brand awareness with imprinted grocery tote bags. Santa Ana, CA : Los Angeles, CA is just one of many cities across the United States to promote their support of reducing plastic waste by banning single use plastic bags in grocery stores, to encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable grocery tote bags.

Reducing Environmental Pollution and Wasted Energy One Plastic Bag at a Time: Interview with Pierre Barlier, Founder and CEO of KeepCool Bags


Eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic items has. Everywhere you look these days, advocates are educating the public on the harm to nature of too many plastic straws and utensils, news outlets are reporting on immense and devastating plastic gyres in the world’s oceans, and governments are pushing to tax or outright ban the use of single-use plastic shopping bags. The origins of KeepCool Bags. Pierre Barlier, Founder and CEO of KeepCool Bags.

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EU is now one step closer to reduce the massive use of plastic bags in Europe

Green Blog

Every year around 100 billion plastic bags are manufactured, sold and used on the European market. In 2010, there was 200 plastic bags for each person living in Europe. As one can imagine, many of these plastic bags end up as litter in nature where they pollute the environment, especially aquatic ecosystems, and harm wildlife. But this past Tuesday, the European Union moved one step closer to reduce the use of plastic bags in Europe.

Wean yourself off plastic with clever Trolley Bags

Green Prophet

Jordan’s plastic bags enjoy more freedom than most of its people. Bags fly free. Until the government steps up to ban free issue of these environmental time-bombs, reusable market bags won’t see much play – unless ingenious alternatives like Trolley Bags catch on. Trolley Bags are eco-friendly, reusable shopping bags developed in Europe, but useful anywhere – particularly here in plastic-choked Amman.

Young Egyptian Designers Use Fashion to Change Our Plastic Habits

Green Prophet

Young Egyptians Yara Yassin and Rania Rafie are embarking on a business that makes bags from bags – innovative handbags sewn from throwaway plastic. GP: Why specifically plastic bags (as opposed to plastic bottles, general litter)? Y/R: We chose plastic bags because we can’t see a real reason for them anymore. Bag production and disposal creates a huge carbon footprint, and their function can be met in greener ways.