Australia takes stand on single-use plastic bags

July 2, 2018 by  
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Single-use plastic bags are going out of style in Australia, but shoppers aren’t thrilled by the reduction. Two major retailers, Big W and Coles, have officially ended the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores. The move effectively outlaws their use in nearly every Australian state. After Tasmania and South Australia started by installing a plastic bag ban, national retailers voluntarily began relying on them in stores. On June 20, 2018, Woolworths stopped offering single-use bags, instead charging shoppers 11 cents for reusable plastic totes starting July 9. After sharp customer backlash, the totes will be free until July 8. Related: Billions of pieces of plastic trash are sickening the world’s coral reefs The other two retail chains pulled the plastic shopping bags off their shelves July 1. To quell community outrage, Coles brought on more staff to ensure check-out lines moved quickly as a result of the shift. As a nation, Australia is reducing its reliance on one-use plastic products to combat ocean pollution . According to the United Nations’ Environment Program , the world produces over 300 million tons of plastic annually. Approximately 2.6 percent – eight million tons and as many as 5 trillion plastic bags – end up in the ocean, where they can poison marine life. Without reducing single-use plastic production, the UN estimates plastics could outnumber ocean fish in just over 30 years. While the move is environmentally conscious , it isn’t popular with shoppers. According to Australian labor union SDA, around 43 percent of retail workers said they suffered “abuse” from shoppers because of the change. At least one was reportedly assaulted, leading the union to start a public service announcement campaign to educate the public about plastic pollution. In the United States, the National Conference of State Legislatures shows only two states have instituted single-use plastic bag bans for shoppers: California and Hawaii . Six major cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago and Seattle, have all banned single-use bags, while four states and at least six cities charge fees to shoppers who opt for plastic bags. Via NPR and Reuters

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California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

September 30, 2014 by  
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California Governor Jerry Brown just signed the nation’s first state-level ban on plastic bags into law! Several cities across the United States have already outlawed plastic grocery bags, but this is the first time a bag ban has been signed into law on the state level. The new measure is a big step forward for waste reduction and the preservation of the environment, and it sends a clear signal to consumers and manufacturers about the consequences of using non-renewable materials for packaging. Read the rest of California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California green law , California plastic bags , Californians Against Waste , multiple-use bags , plastic bag ban , plastic grocery bags , plastic waste , single use plastic bags , unrecyclable material

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Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

September 30, 2014 by  
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Italy to Ban Plastic Bags Starting in the New Year

December 27, 2010 by  
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Single use plastic bag bans and taxes are becoming increasingly popular with governments across the world (though unpopular with most store owners) and now Italy is gearing up to implement their own. In other parts of the world, these types of regulations span from the very stringent, you can’t use them at all bans of San Jose, California to the you can use them if you want to pay taxes of Washington DC , and we’re impressed to see that Italy is leaning towards the stricter end of the spectrum. Starting next week, the whole country will ban all conventional single use plastic bags and mandate that all new single use bags be biodegradable.

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Glowing Inflatable Roof Canopy Commemorates the Deceased

December 27, 2010 by  
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All Souls Day was celebrated the Allerzielen.nu fair in the Netherlands this year with an evocative, inflatable glowing pavilion . Dubbed The Roof That Goes Up in Smoke , the piece was designed by the Dutch collective Overtreders W , and features an illuminated pillow inflated by a wood stove.

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