New York vows to ban plastic bags statewide in 2020

April 3, 2019 by  
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Lawmakers in New York just agreed to ban plastic bags across the state. The law is a part of a larger budget agreement and makes New York the second state in the United States to join the fight against single-use plastics . “I am proud to announce that together, we got it done,” Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, stated. The ban on plastic bags will officially start on March 1 of next year. In addition to ditching plastic bags, businesses within the state will be allowed to charge up to five cents for every paper bag. Two cents from that charge will go into a fund that enables low-income families to purchase reusable bags, while the remainder will go towards an environment fund. Related: EU moves forward with its plastic ban The only other state in the union to pass such a law is California, which initiated a ban back in 2016. Hawaii has also gone to great lengths to discourage the use of plastic bags, with most counties in the state prohibiting them. This is not the first time New York has attempted to ban plastic bags . Two years ago, politicians tried to pass a law that would force companies to charge customers five cents per bag. That initiative was blocked by Cuomo. In 2018, Republicans in the state blocked a similar plan, though Democrats picked up a few seats in the state legislature, making the most recent ban possible. While the new law is a big step towards curbing plastic waste, not all residents in New York are happy about it. In fact, a few people have expressed their concerns about the ban and claim they use the plastic bags at home. Environmentalists also believe that customers should not be allowed to buy paper bags instead of purchasing reusable ones. There has also been some backlash from grocery stores in New York. While some owners are in favor of the ban, they think a portion of the five-cent charge should go back to the stores to help with costs associated with banning plastic bags. Via Eco Watch Image via  cocoparisienne

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Save Time: Recycle While You Shop

November 25, 2013 by  
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While you’re holiday shopping, kill two birds with one stone by bringing your recyclables along and making the most of retail-based recycling solutions.

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Go Green, Win $400 for Holiday Shopping

November 25, 2013 by  
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Sign up for Planet Green’s recycling program for a chance to win a $350 Amazon gift card just in time for holiday shopping.

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Can You Change the World by Buying Nothing?

November 25, 2013 by  
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Does Buy Nothing Friday really offset the effects of consumerism?

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Gigaton Awards Highlight How Businesses Lead on Climate Change

November 23, 2010 by  
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With the COP16 Climate Conference about to kick off in Cancún, and with expectations set as low as possible for any outcomes, the first annual Gigaton Awards showcase the companies that are making the most difference in reducing emissions.

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Buenos Aires renovation has clever use of space, recycled materials

October 21, 2010 by  
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Photos: Albano Garcia for Pop Arq . Argentineans are known for making much with little, and this is true in architecture as well. The PH is a local typology of small houses aligned in long and narrow lots, which provides the feeling of a home with some aspects of apartments

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Electronics Recycling Report Card Flunks Nearly All Printer Companies

October 21, 2010 by  
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Photo via Sir Adavis The Electronics TakeBack Coalition has released a new report card grading electronics manufacturers that produce TVs, computers, gaming consoles and printers on their sustainability efforts around recycling. Somewhat similar to Greenpeace’s rankings , the report card shows where manufacturers are succeeding at walking the talk about minimizing the environmental impact of their products — but more often it shows where they’re..

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Where Would Life Be Without Plants?

April 15, 2010 by  
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photo: Jukka via flickr. Forgive the bad play on words, but one of this Sunday’s episodes of Life over on our big brother Discovery Channel (that’s 8pm ET by the way) is all about this planet’s vast plant kingdom and all the different challenges they face: Struggling to get enough sunlight, making the most out of available water, turning carnivorous and luring animals to their doom.

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How can I use up/reuse snow?

December 21, 2009 by  
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Teehee, a bit of a silly one – the white stuff does have a tendency to bring out the excitable child in me but it’s kinda valid too… For the last few days, we’ve a few inches of snow – as much as most of the UK ever gets really but since I grew up on a largely snow-free warm coast, I’m making the most of what we’ve got. It is, of course, an excellent entertainment source – snowballs, snowmen… I’ve also been watching it fall with lovestruck eyes, crunching about on it outside with glee and *repeatedly* commenting on how wonderful everywhere looks. Many many hours of free entertainment.

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Germany Still Making the Most of Available Solar, Says Global Solar Report Card

December 15, 2009 by  
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Sure, that might look like a lot of panels, but we’ve still got a long way to go. Image via: Advanced Solar Photonics on Flickr.com The Global Solar Report Card, published by Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross International and Global Green USA , once again gives top honors ..

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