Plastic bag 'tax'

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In October 2013, after the gods only know how long, it was announced that the government has at long last decided to follow the lead of some other countries by introducing a charge, albeit a paltry 5 pence, which is about 8 cents Euro and about the same in US money, for plastic bags from 2015. The problem with biodegradable shopping bags is that they are still plastic and the biodegradable part to this is rather a questionable one as well.

Recycled plastic bag crafts

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Here's some links to interesting and useful craft items you can make from plastic bags, complete with photos and instructions Handy with knitting needles, a sewing machine or crochet hooks?


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Plastic Bag Ban: A Tale of Two Cities

Green Home Blog

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

Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren’t

Green (Living) Review

Even with the confusion, most people agree plastic bags suck. Perhaps sensing that we’re finally catching on, plastic bag makers have unleashed the greenwashers to make tiny changes to their product (like add a little metal) and then make up stories about how the “new” bags just disappear like magic. Last year, the FTC cracked down on unsubstantiated claims of “biodegradable” and “compostable” bags. Reducing waste is hard.

Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment


Plastic bags cause many negative effects for. We use plastic bags out of convenience and ignorance of their seriously negative consequences. Plastic waste affects all types of biomes and organisms. . Plastic bags continually cause harm to natural environments from the beginning to the end of their life cycle. The energy intensive plastic bag production. Plastic bags are obviously made of plastic; but what is plastic? .

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. For better or for worse, plastic bags are now a part of our environment.

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]. Plastic bags.

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.

Biodegradable vs Compostable Plastic Bags: What’s the difference?


with the huge amounts of plastic being used and produced. Plastic bags are a major driving force in this problem, with over 5 trillion plastic bags being used yearly and almost all of those being discarded after a single use. Reducing plastic bag usage has been at the forefront of the agenda for many environmental groups and government organizations. These two alternatives are biodegradable plastic bags and compostable plastic 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?

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 Overusing plastic in direct contact with food transfers unhealthy chemicals to the food.” Want a plastic sack?

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. Mayor Sam Adams said that those types of retailers the biggest source of disposable plastic bags in the city. Eco News portland plastic bag ban

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.

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?

The Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment

Green Home Blog

The Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment: - Well over a billion single-use plastic bags are given out for free each day. Production Costs: - The production of plastic bags requires petroleum and often natural gas, both non-renewable resources that increase our dependency on foreign suppliers. The toxic chemical ingredients needed to make plastic produces pollution during the manufacturing process. -

UK opposition could doom EU efforts to curb plastic bag use

Green (Living) Review

UK is leading opposition to a proposal for an 80% cut to the 100bn single-use plastic bags used each year in Europe A bid by the European parliament to impose an 80% cut in the 100bn plastic bags used by Europeans each year could be scuppered by several states opposed to Europe-wide action, and a European commission that increasingly views targets as an unnecessary distraction. green living plastic bags UK

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!

Am I Judging you and your Plastic Bag? Yes—yes, I Totally Am.

Elephant Journal

For years, big companies have been producing endless amounts of single-use plastics and are not taking responsibility for where these products end up. Conscious Consumerism Ecofashion Enlightened Society Green Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) elephant magazine nonplastic nonplastic bag plastic bag plastic straw polluting recycling single-use single-use plastic The Lorax

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 [.].

Chicago Bans Grocery Store Plastic Bags


The city approved a ban that will stop grocery stores from offering plastic bags for customers. Read More The post Chicago Bans Grocery Store Plastic Bags appeared first on Ecorazzi. Chicago just got a little greener. Causes Environment News Top News


Elephant Journal

The clock ticks a minute and we have already used up 1 million plastic bags! That is the amount of plastic bags we are using per minute. Yes, in one minute, we have successfully clogged up rivers, polluted the air and filled the earth with non-biodegradable waste. So what to do then? Switch to some […].

Plastic Bags That Go From “Rubbish to Relevant”

Green Prophet

Colorful plastic bags are both the canvas and the paints in Aviva Sawicki’s artworks. Plastic bags are a ubiquitous and un-eco-friendly material that many sustainable and upcycling designers have tried to reuse. One designer has turned plastic bags into shoes , another has made plastic bag wallets , and plastic bags can even be used as crocheting material to knit reusable shopping bags.

Make Your (Book) Mark With Plastic Bags

Green Prophet

Get one up on Rumpelstiltskin by turning plastic shopping sacks into uber-artsy bookmarks. . At all times keep your plastic sandwiched between the limits of the parchment paper. The Research: Plastic shopping bags come in different breeds: posh-store thick, biodegradable, made-from-recycled-materials, and your basic landfill fodder. Get some clear plastic bags too: here’s where posh-store deluxe is useful as a thick clear sheet makes a fine coating layer.

"Follow the Plastic Bag Example, Nudge Polluters to Pay"

Environmental Economics

The plastic bag solution. They’re called bag taxes. In 2002, Ireland started charging shoppers 15 eurocents a plastic bag. The result: bag use plummeted 90 percent. That's a billion bags a year. began charging 5 cents per disposable bag, paper or plastic. As a result, plastic bag use declined 80 percent within a year by some estimates. It’s quite a leap from plastic bags to carbon prices.

For the Love of Plastic: Why I still use Plastic Bags, Proudly.

Elephant Journal

Blaming plastic bags because they are not biodegradable overlooks the advantages of. Ecofashion Enlightened Society Green ecofriendly Environmentalism green plastic plastic bags recycling reusable bags shopping bag totes toxins zero waste

Don’t Have Plastic Bag Regret: Recycle Your Sandwich Bags!

Eco Chic

Practically every school day growing up, I’d sit down to the cafeteria table to eat my lunch and I’d pull out a PB&J that my mother had stuffed into a Ziploc ® bag. I then upgraded to much fancier sandwiches wedged into plastic bags; turkey and swiss, jelly and cream cheese, and the like. Ziploc bags, when clean and dry, are recyclable at more than 18,000 retail locations – including large retailers such as Target and Walmart. Plastic grocery bags.

A Day in the Life of a Plastic Bag

Green Home Blog

A Day in the Life of a Plastic Bag. Plastic first appeared on the scene in 1862, at the Great International Exhibit in London. Plastic’s inventor was named Alexander Parks, and his version of this almost ubiquitous substance was a cellulosic compound made from nitrocellulose and camphor that he called xylonite, or parkesine. They are: Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), dry cleaner’s bags. High-density polyethylene (HDPE), or the typical grocery bag.

You Don’t Need That Plastic Bag – A New Campaign in Jordan

Green Prophet

‘Balash Kees’ is a new campaign launched by UNESCO Amman to help reduce the use of plastic bags in Jordan. Walk around Jordan and you’ll realise pretty quickly that the country has a huge plastic bag and litter problem. Cheap black plastic bags are literally everywhere and they are a real eyesore. Stay away from plastic bags. The poster explains that over 60,000 sheep in Jordan die due to eating plastic bags.

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

Lamps Made With 50% Sawdust, Some Plastic Bags, and Some Ingenuity

Green Prophet

Made from sawdust and plastic bags alone, these adhesive-free lamps take leftover materials and make them shine again. Plastic bags are an (unfortunately) abundant material that have been used in many ways by designers, but sawdust – though abundant as well – has not been used as frequently by sustainable Middle Eastern designers. The semi-translucent nature of the plastic bags in the lamps creates a warm glow.

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

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.

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

DIY – Plastic Bag Rug

The Go Green Blog

I love this crocheted rug created from upcycled plastic bags by RecycleCindy over at My Recycled Bags. Cindy used recycled bags from bread, hotdog & hamburger buns, paper towel & TP packaging, etc. She first makes her plastic yarn (or “plarn&# ), then uses an N (9) crochet hook and does a single crochet throughout. I think these rugs are just a super fun throwback and a great way to recycle your plastic trash.

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.

This company turns recycled plastic bags into designer furniture with a traditional Egyptian weaving process

Green (Living) Review

Cairo's Reform Studio is turning trash into treasure with its Plastex material, which is woven from plastic bags using Egyptian handlooms. Plastic shopping bags, as useful as they are for the 12 minutes when they're in use, are a curse on our planet.

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

International Plastic Bag Free Day – September 12

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The world's first Plastic Bag Free Day – organized by the Marine Conservation Society – will be on 12th September 2009. They are asking shoppers to ditch plastic bags for good and to just take a reusable bag with then when they go to the stores. There are many ways that you can support Plastic Bag Free day. Take you own reusable shoppers and leave plastic bags at the checkout.

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

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.

Do you still get plastic bags at the grocery store?

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you still get plastic bags every time you go to the grocery store then, I am sorry, you really don't care about people or the Planet. While it may be that the plastic bags aren't really made from virgin oil – they are made from naphthalene, a byproduct of petroleum refining – they are still an environmental problem. This is done in an attempt for you, the consumer, to bring your own bags. No need for plastic one way bags.