17 May '11, 2pm

reusable bags

What will our grandchildren think of the disposable plastic bag? Will they see it as a relic of a bygone era? It depends on the winner in a number of battles now playing out both in state and local governments, and between the bag manufacturers themselves. If Oregon succeeds in passing the nation's first statewide ban on plastic bags, it will be over the strenuous objections of the plastics industry, led by South Carolina-based bag manufacturer Hilex Poly. Opponents in the plastic industry have waged an all-out campaign to deny that plastic bags pose a threat to the environment, even raising fears about the safety of reusable bags, breathlessly pointing to studies that show that unwashed bags — like any unwashed fabric — can carry bacteria. Plastic-bag manufacturers using similar tactics helped defeat a previous statewide bag-ban bill in California last year, and have take...

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The average American uses about 500 plastic shopping bags every year. Buy some sturdy, reusable bags instead!

The average American uses about 500 plastic sho...

thedailygreen.com 17 May '11, 2pm

Clutter is what we bring into our homes that we don't want. The first step in successfully reducing clutter is to stop bri...

5 Key Strategies For a Plastic-Free Life

5 Key Strategies For a Plastic-Free Life

care2.com 17 May '11, 12am

We’ve reduced, reused, and fretted over Ziploc bags for an entire month, and now it’s time to turn all those lessons learn...

Long Beach most recent Calif. city to vote for a plastic bag ban

Long Beach most recent Calif. city to vote for ...

earth911.com 19 May '11, 8pm

This week, the coastal Southern California city of Long Beach passed an ordinance to ban single-use plastic shopping bags ...

Malt-O-Meal's 'Green' Anti-Box Campaign is Half in the Bag

Malt-O-Meal's 'Green' Anti-Box Campaign is Half...

greenbiz.com 16 May '11, 12pm

Malt-O-Meal hasn't made any changes to its packaging. It's always come in big bags. Is that green? The company thinks so, ...

UPS Boosts Mileage 40% with Prototype Plastic Delivery Vans

UPS Boosts Mileage 40% with Prototype Plastic D...

greenbiz.com 16 May '11, 7pm

United Parcel Service is rolling out a prototype delivery van that gets 40 percent better mileage than its familiar big, b...

3 Plastics to Avoid: To avoid plastic waste and...

thedailygreen.com 19 May '11, 6am

In America, we generate 10.5 million tons of plastic waste per year with only 1-2% being recycled . Ditching the synthetic...

A Worldwide Survey of Plastic Bag Bans & Waste ...

treehugger.com 20 May '11, 7pm

Ah, disposable plastic bags. Otherwise known as the entirely pointless, eminently useless contraptions still clinging to r...

Greening plastic cards: Billions of credit, deb...

greenlivingtips.com 08 May '11, 7am

I was going through my wallet yesterday looking for a particular debit card and it dawned on me how much plastic I carry a...

Whale Death Caused by Plastic Bags

Whale Death Caused by Plastic Bags

care2.com 11 May '11, 9pm

A rare Gervais beaked whale was found on a beach in Puerto Rico with ten pounds of twisted plastic in its stomach. The bal...

What to do about ‘plastic soup’ in the ocean

grist.org 23 May '11, 3pm

Is there a less appetizing phrase than “plastic soup”? (Don’t answer that.) The New York Times Green blog reports on what ...

A Worldwide Survey of Plastic Bag Bans & Waste ...

treehugger.com 20 May '11, 7pm

Ah, disposable plastic bags. Otherwise known as the entirely pointless, eminently useless contraptions still clinging to r...

Cambodian Artisans Make Grown-up Friendship Bracelets From Repurposed Plastic Bottles

Cambodian Artisans Make Grown-up Friendship Bra...

ecouterre.com 16 May '11, 8pm

Remember the days of braiding and sharing friendship bracelets—those symbols of our tight bonds of brother and sisterhood?...