Thursday, April 24, 2014

LA Bans The Bag

Los Angeles rang in the 2014 New Year with a ban on the distribution of plastic bags at the checkout counter of big retailers, making it the largest of the 132 cities and counties around the United States with anti-plastic bag legislation. And a movement that gained momentum in California is going national. More than 20 million Americans live in communities with plastic bag bans or fees. Currently 100 billion plastic bags pass through the hands of U.S. consumers every year—almost one bag per person each day. Laid end-to-end, they could circle the equator 1,330 times. But this number will soon fall as more communities, including large cities like New York and Chicago, look for ways to reduce the plastic litter that blights landscapes and clogs up sewers and streams.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Americans still throw away 1 billion
plastic bagsevery year."
Canadians still throw away 500 bags per person per year.
1 trillion are thrown out world wide.
They don't rot, they fly, they clog, they enter the food chain.

 Choose to reuse.
There are great reusable bags everywhere!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

NWT reusable bags

 Since Feb. 1, 2011 all stores in NWT
charge 25 cents for single-use bags,
which goes into an evnironmental fund.

Here are some interesting reusable bags
the NWT has been promoting.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Austin Texas Bans the Bag

Shoplifters in Seattle get boost from plastic bag ban

Austin, Texas
Portland, Oregon
Seattle, Oregon
West Hollywood

These and more communities are banning plastic (polyethylene) single-use bags from being handed out in retail stores. Communities all have the same initial responses: grumbles from people not wanting to change, concerns about germs, and concerns about shoplifting.

But communities around the world continue to have huge issues with overflowing landfill, and are passing single-use plastic bag bans as a way to reduce waste.

Fort McMurray remains a leader by banning all single-use bags - those made of paper, biodegradable and compostable fibers as well. This is because they don't compost in a landfill situation, where waste is piled so deeply that the organisms that do the eating and composting can't survive.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Toronto Bans Plastic Bags

 Have we move beyond the single-use plastic shopping bag? (iStock)Toronto city council surprised everyone, including the mayor, when it voted to ban plastic bags outright by 2013.

Mayor Rob Ford introduced a motion to eliminate a mandatory five-cent fee the city brought in three years ago. The motion passed, but so did another to eliminate plastic bags entirely by Jan. 1, 2013.

Toronto isn't the first Canadian city to ban single-use plastic bags. Fort McMurray, Alta., banned the bags in 2010. Tofino, B.C., has had a voluntary ban on plastic bags for years.

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Hawaii have all banned plastic bags in the U.S., as have countries such as Italy, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Rwanda and the Republic of Congo.

And certain retailers don't offer plastic bags at all, including Thrifty Foods in B.C., liquor stores in Ontario and Ikea stores in Canada, the U.K. and elsewhere.

A federal private members' bill tabled in 2010 proposed that Canada should ban plastic shopping bags, but it was defeated.




Toronto City Council kills plastic bag ban
Legal threats led to what advocates called a sad decision for the environment.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Hawaii Bans Plastic Bags

As of July, 2015, Hawaii will become the first U.S. state to bar the "modern day tumbleweed" known as disposable plastic bags.

This month's move by Honolulu County bans non-biodegradable plastic bags at checkout, along with paper bags that aren't at least 40% recycled, reports Kauai and Maui counties already enforce bans, while Hawaii County's ban takes effect Jan. 17, 2013.

By Marco Garcia, AP

Honolulu's restrictions passed after a two-year campaign by the Sierra Club, an environmental group, and come as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography reports that the amount of plastic debris in an area of the Pacific Ocean known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has grown a hundredfold over the past four decades.
bans non-biodegradable plastic bags at checkout as well as paper bags that are not at least 40 percent recycled. Retailers in Honolulu County have until July 1, 2015, to make the change.
That date "gives us plenty of time to get ready," Carlisle told "Retailers will be able to use up their inventory of bags and make arrangements to educate the public on the importance of bringing their own bag."
Kauai and Maui counties already enforce bans, while Hawaii County's ban takes effect on Jan. 17, 2013.

Last month, meanwhile, SeaWorld announced it will eliminate plastic shopping bags at its 10 theme parks within the next year. An estimated 1.4 billion tons of trash, including plastic bags, enters the ocean each year. Marine animals such as sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favorite foods.


Monday, April 23, 2012

The Bag Ban ammendments

City Council approved the proposed amendments to the Single-Use Bag By-Law.

If you want to see the amendments, they're at the end of this document.... 
Basically, the same stores will be able to give out bags (restaurants, liquor, pharmacy).

In addition, now there can be single-use bags given out at stores which sell:
  • bulk goods (nails, screws, fruit, nuts, grains, vegetables)
  • meat or fish, frozen or fresh -flowers, plants
  • bakery items
  • dry cleaning
  • paraphernalia related to the use of illegal drugs
  • undergarments
  • items of a personal or adult nature
  • adult items
  • dirty, greasy or hazardous products
The thick plastic bags that Reitmans and Marks give out are still allowed.

Sean Graham, the initiator of the ban, was not in favour of the amendments, as he feels there will be bags everywhere now, and that too much will be up to the discretion of the store owners.

But, we're well on our way to still being the best community for bag consciousness. So, remember your bags!