Plastic bag 'tax'

Green (Living) Review

Now, in a way that only politicians can, they appear to have completely confused a simple issue by – firstly – making biodegradable bags exempt, which will clearly do nothing to prevent bags littering our environment, and – secondly – by exempting retailers with fewer than 250 employees.

Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren’t

Green (Living) Review

Even with the confusion, most people agree plastic bags suck. Last year, the FTC cracked down on unsubstantiated claims of “biodegradable” and “compostable” bags. This time, the term of offense is “oxodegradable”, implying the bag will break down in time when exposed to oxygen.

Recycled plastic bag crafts

Green Living Tips

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?

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. 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]. Do you also have that overflowing kitchen drawer full of plastic bags you bring from your shopping trips?

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. . The energy intensive plastic bag production.

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. Especially since plastic bags are so ubiquitous.

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. . How do we recycle plastic bags? 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. BIODEGRADABLE 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]. Ingesting plastic can cause serious adverse health effects.


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.

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. Euro/bag).

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

Wend Magazine

The machine works by heating up the plastic, trapping its vapors and condensing those vapors into oil that can then be used for a practical purpose. Making Plastic From Mushrooms Posted February 23rd, 2011 by Sami Ewers. Bag it! Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition!

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! We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”. Whimsical art made from 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.

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?

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

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

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). Want a plastic sack?

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. Baekeland, who invented Bakelite (a hard plastic made from coal tar that formed the outer shell of such items as telephones, cameras and pipe stems).

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.

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

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. -

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. The limit in bag production saved China 1.6

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. But it's time to accept bags are not the be-all and end-all of environmental issues.”

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. Recycling Plastic Bags Into… Beautiful Handbags.

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. Plastic grocery bags. Newspaper bags. Dry-cleaning bags. Bread bags and produce 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. Grab your iron, a bunch of plastic bags, and 2 sheets of parchment paper. Cut up the bags.

"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. It’s quite a leap from plastic bags to carbon prices.

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.

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.

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.

Reuse ideas for plastic frozen food bags

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I am one of those people who take reuse and all what is related to that to another dimension at times, as regular readers will know, and I do, yes, tend to keep those bags from frozen food. Alas, they then come in those bags.

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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.

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

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. Stay away from plastic bags.

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. Combining sawdust with plastic bags and baking them together in molds, Kulla creates table lamps, pendant lamps and stools in their 50% Sawdust line.

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.

Ikea to Charge for Plastic Bags

Eco Friendly Daily

The well known home furnishing store IKEA, will begin charging customers for plastic bags with the plan to eventually stop using them altogether. IKEA will charge customers five cents per bag. Each year the world wide chain provides 70 million bags to its U.S.

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.

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.

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! The film Bag It , directed by Suzan Beraza , may very well prompt eco-minded consumers to make those changes permanent. Bag It!

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. Support has been strong from the Greens and the Liberal Party.