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HAWAII BECOMES FIRST STATE TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS
/ June 12, 2012 5:17 am

HAWAII BECOMES FIRST STATE TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS

While those of us on the mainland attempt to reduce our dependence on single-use plastic bags within our city and county borders, Hawaii has taken the huge leap to become the nation’s first state to completely ban plastic shopping bags. According to USA Today, the Honolulu County Board of Supervisors recently passed a ban on plastic bags, as well as

Austin, Texas Votes Against Plastic Bags
/ March 2, 2012 6:12 am

Austin, Texas Votes Against Plastic Bags

The Austin City Council has approved a ban on single-use plastic and paper bags during a lengthy meeting yesterday.  The Council approved the ban on single-use bags after extensive public comment at approximately 2 a.m. this morning. Austin had previously attempted a voluntary reduction of use of plastic bags in 2007, hoping for a reduction of use by 50%.  However, an

San Francisco – Plastic Bags Begone!
/ February 8, 2012 6:15 am

San Francisco – Plastic Bags Begone!

In a bold move, the San Francisco City Board of Supervisors unanimously voted yesterday (February 7) to expand the existing ban on single-use shopping bags  The existing ban affects large grocery and and chain-pharmacy stores and has been in effect since 2007.  San Francisco was the first major city in the United States to pass such an ordinance.   Starting

The Good Stuff
/ January 26, 2012 8:04 pm

The Good Stuff

For an overview of the problems that plastic bags cause our environment, as well as some of the solutions, take a listen to the newest Annie Leonard podcast:  “The Good Stuff — Episode 1:  Take THAT, Plastic Bags” http://www.storyofstuff.org/2012/01/22/take-that-plastic-bags/. Annie  Leonard has a lengthy and far-ranging conversation with Andy Keller of ChicoBag.  Annie also talks about her journey to Asia,

San Luis Obispo County Votes for Bag Ban!
/ January 11, 2012 9:18 pm

San Luis Obispo County Votes for Bag Ban!

Congratulations to the forward-thinking San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority for voting to do away with single-use plastic bags throughout the county! In a meeting today, the board members voted 8 to 5 for the ban on plastic bags, and a 10 cent charge for paper bags.  The ban will go into effect on October 1, 2012.  According