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Plastic Bag Ban

Could NYC Ban Disposable Bags?

Peter Hanlon | Posted 12.04.2011 | New York
Peter Hanlon

When you consider the long-term implications of a product designed to be used for just a few minutes, reducing the number of plastic bags seems like a no-brainer. So why wouldn't New York City try to get rid of them altogether with a ban or at least some kind of fee?

Los Angeles Gets A Little Less Plastic

Posted 11.01.2011 | Los Angeles

If you're planning on doing any shopping on the West Side today, be sure to bring along some reusable grocery bags. Today, the city of Santa Monica...

Move Over Joe Camel -- Plastics Lobby Targets Kids in Textbooks

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 10.26.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

What do cigarettes and single-use plastics have in common? Most cigarettes have a single-use plastic filter -- so smokers get a dose of petrochemical...

Plastic Bags and the Environment

Paul A. London | Posted 09.13.2011 | Green
Paul A. London

Environmentalists are often attacked from the political right for favoring too much regulation even though most Americans agree with their larger obje...

Boulder Following, Not Leading In Plastic Bag Ban

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.05.2011 | Denver

Boulder is in the beginning stages of considering a movement to ban or fine the use of plastic bags in the city, mostly due to the tireless efforts of...

Evanston Considers Taxing Or Outright Banning Plastic Bags

Evanston, IL Patch | Patch Staff | Email the Author | April 26, 2011 | Posted 06.27.2011 | Chicago

Choosing plastic at the check-out line could potentially cost Evanston residents an extra five cents if a bag tax ordinance passes....

Santa Monica Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect | KTLA News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SANTA MONICA (KTLA) -- The city of Santa Monica is bagging the plastic bag. Wednesday marks the official start of the city's ban on plastic shoppin...

Italy BANS Plastic Bags

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Italy's ban on single-use plastic bags took effect on New Year's Day. This couldn't come too soon, considering that Italians use about 20 billion pl...

TEDx: Plastic Is the New Smoking

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Over four decades of plastics addiction has caused a true unnatural disaster in our oceans -- think of the Gulf oil spill only a couple thousand miles longer.

Youth Movement to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Don't Mess With Texas! Brownsville To Charge $1 For Plastic Bags | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Trendy California recently rejected a ban on plastic shopping bags, but Brownsville, Texas, is moving ahead with such a ban next year. It recently agr...

California Drops the Ball on Plastic Bag Ban

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Why is it that the average American hasn't yet come to associate single-use plastic bags with the terrible environmental and economic toll these bags exact?

Chemical Industry Targets Lawmakers Over Plastic Bag Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Timothy Sandoval Just as the state Legislature ends its 2010 session with a flurry of major bills,...

Time to Bag the Bags

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Plastic bags are entering our food chain through oceans, rivers and the stomachs of wildlife. However, there is a way to stop this madness, and it's called California Assembly Bill 1998.

WATCH: 'Bag Monster' Tours Country To Raise Awareness Of Plastic Bag Pollution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The nefarious alter ego of Andy Keller, founder of reusable bag company ChicoBag, Bag Monster is a character born of 500 plastic bags stitched togethe...

25-Foot Turtle Stumps for Plastic Bag Ban

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

If The Single-Use Bag Reduction Act passed, California would be the first state in America to prohibit single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies.

Plastic Bag Bans Push Consumers To Use Paper, Making Cities Reconsider Ban

The New York Times | SABRA CHARTRAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Three years ago, San Francisco was the first city in the country to ban the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag, but it was quickly followed by Palo Alto ...

12 Connections Between Oil Spills and Plastic Pollution

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Both oil spills and plastic pollution kill ocean wildlife in obvious, quick ways and slow, insidious ways.

Our Environment, Our Health and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (AUDIO)

Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau

Yes, the BP situation is horrific. But is it much different than each of us killing the ocean, the animals, and our own bodies a little bit every day?

Actresses Lobby to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

Marshall Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Marshall Wright

On Tuesday, actresses Rosario Dawson, Amy Smart, and Rachelle Lefevre joined Environment California's legislative director at the state capitol.

C'mon Seattle, Why Reject the Plastic Bag Fee?

Mairi Beautyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mairi Beautyman

It turns out, bag fees, since they first launched in San Francisco, are meeting much resistance across the U.S.

The Bay vs. the Bag: Only One Side Can Win

David Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Lewis

Plastic bag pollution is growing, and its impact on our rivers, bays and oceans is well documented. The answer to "paper or plastic?" is "neither -- here's my reusable bag!"

Toronto's Great Coffee Cup Debate Heats Up

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

Toronto has a beloved coffee chain, Tim Hortons. It also has a group of City Council public works committee members working hard to reduce fast-food p...

Delhi Latest To Ban Plastic Bags: Five Years In Prison For Waste? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

New Delhi has banned the use of plastic bags in all shops, starting very soon. Notification has been sent out to all shopkeepers, and they are being g...

Paper Or Plastic? A Look At The Facts, Myths And Numbers Of Shopping Bags

Treehugger | Collin Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Paper or plastic bags: which is better? It's an age old question, when it comes time to check out when grocery shopping: paper bag or plastic bag? It ...