I recently read a well-researched article in the East Bay Express by Nate Seltenrich. The article details Berkeley, California’s behind-the-scenes issues with the recycling of plastics within their community. It further highlights the problems of the “recycle” mantra of the plastics industry. For many years, the city of Berkeley has encouraged its residents to reduce plastic use, apparently without success.
Articles By: Andy Keller
Andy Keller, entrepreneur and activist has traveled the country as the dreaded Bag Monster to increase support for single-use plastic bag reduction efforts. Keller is the Founder and CEO of the ChicoBag Company and a Founding Member of the Reusable Bag Association.
On a planet with a growing population exceeding 7 billion, and with a finite supply of fossil fuel locked deep within its crust, is it still rational to take extraordinary risks to extract this precious and limited resource and use it to make single-use disposable plastic products that are made to be thrown away? If you haven’t kicked your single-use
BUT WAIT, with BAG MONSTER – THERE’S MORE | In addition to grocery bags, the Bag Monster is comprised of all types of excessive plastic bags, from produce bags for single items, to newspaper bags on a sunny day, to all thoose poly bags in which our electronics come packaged. The Bag Monster thrives on our excessive consumption of plastic bags. The more you feed it, the biggger Bag Monster gets!!
As part of the settlement agreement between Hilex Poly and my company, ChicoBag, Hilex Poly will start to acknowledge the issue of wind blown litter, agreeing to add, for the first time that we are aware, the issue of windblown litter to their website. They are required to not only address this issue on their website, they also are required to print a message on their bags. The message will include the phrase "Tie in Knot Before Disposal"
Please see ChicoBag’s Press Release For documents related to the lawsuit, please visit: PlasticBagLaws.org Please see our post: BATTLE OF THE BAGS | LAWSUIT Q&A | FACTS IN DISPUTE Please see our post: Lawsuit Victory | Plastic Bags to Be Grounded From Flight