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Welcome to 2012
/ January 1, 2012 8:26 am

Welcome to 2012

As we reflect on the progress made in the reduction of plastic waste in 2011, we would like to officially welcome the following cities and counties to a plastic-bag free 2012, effective today: Los Angeles County (Unincorporated) – Effective today, a previous ban of plastic bags in larger retail stores, spreads to smaller grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores  and food markets.  [&hellip

New EPA Stats Appear Dismal
/ December 27, 2011 8:32 am

New EPA Stats Appear Dismal

The latest results from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the recycling rates for plastic bags, sacks and wrap have been released and they are pretty discouraging. Up until 2005, the EPA listed recycling rates for plastic bags separate from other forms of polyethylene plastics (more about that in a minute).  However, post  2005, the EPA  began to lump the recycling [&hellip

SEATTLE PASSES BAG BAN
/ December 20, 2011 7:04 am

SEATTLE PASSES BAG BAN

In a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council on December 19th, a plastic bag ban has been approved and will go into effect on July 1, 2012.  In addition to the ban on plastic bags at all retail and convenience stores, the Seattle ordinance imposes a nickle fee on paper grocery bags. Seattle joins the cities of Edmonds, Bellingham [&hellip

Plastic Shores Promises To Be a Must-See
/ November 30, 2011 7:25 am

Plastic Shores Promises To Be a Must-See

A new documentary set to be released in 2012,  promises to bring a greater awareness of the potentially disastrous effects of plastic debris in our marine ecosystem. Produced and directed by Ed Scott-Clarke of  La Mode Verte, the film Plastic Shores chronicles the journey of disposable plastics to virtually every part of our planet.  From the coastal shores, across the Atlantic [&hellip

‘Tis The Season
/ November 22, 2011 9:45 pm

‘Tis The Season

So the holidays are upon us once again and from every media source possible, we are stridently urged to spend, consume and buy at all hours of the day and night.  Gone are the days where one can enjoy  their Thanksgiving around the table with family and friends – nope, Thanksgiving has turned into the day when you start the shopping [&hellip