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Mystery: Scientists find plastic garbage at 88% of ocean sites, but only 1% of the trash is accounted for

August 20, 2014

(NaturalNews) A full 88 percent of the ocean’s surface is polluted with plastic trash residue — but this only accounts for just 1 percent of the trash that scientists currently believe to be in the ocean, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Cadiz, Spain, and the University of Western Australia,…

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Fort Collins council backs grocery bag fee

July 4, 2014

Using paper or plastic bags could end up costing Fort Collins shoppers at the grocery store check-out counter. The City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to an ordinance requiring grocers to charge customers 10 cents for each disposable bag supplied by the store. Grocers would keep all revenue generated by the fee under the…

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City Giving Away Reusable Bags Today

July 1, 2014

As the the Los Angeles ban on plastic grocery bags expands to smaller markets and grocery stores starting today, the LA Bureau of Sanitation will give away reusable bags at 20 stores throughout the city while supplies last. Those include (full list): India Sweets & Spices at 22009 Sherman Way in Canoga Park from 9…

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Giving up the plastic bag habit

July 1, 2014

Six months after the ‘plastic bag ban’ in Tasmania we are still buying them and using them, albeit not the disposable lightweight versions. Does the ban go far enough, or have we created a new ‘normal’ with heavier versions in the market? While the light plastic bags have been banned, we continue to use a…

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Retailers push reusable bags to save money, environment

June 30, 2014

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=3609688 PROVIDENCE By Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press When Katrina Gamble goes grocery shopping, she brings her list and her bags — a pair of sturdy canvas bags she bought a few months ago for $4.99 at her local grocery store. “It works just as well,” said Gamble, 30, a political science professor at Brown…

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The beginning of the end of our plastic bag society?

April 7, 2014

The beginning of the end of our plastic bag society? Apr 7, 2014 Posted by Queenseyes In City, Regional Comments 11 If you believe that it’s time that we limit the number of plastic bags that end up in our landfills, blowing around our streets, in our waterways, and even minuscule bits that end up…

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As plastic-bag ban looms, L.A. plans to give out totes

April 4, 2014

With a plastic-bag ban set to go into effect in Los Angeles on the first of the new year, city officials are launching a campaign to get residents in the habit of using reusable totes. The city has teamed up with environmental groups and nonprofit organizations that work with veterans and former gang members to…

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Encinitas to pursue plastic bag ban

April 4, 2014

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/21/encinitas-plastic-environmental-restrictions/ ENCINITAS — Encinitas will create its own ban on single-use plastic bags, instead of waiting for state legislators to vote on weaker restrictions early next year, the City Council decided this week. The environment “can’t wait for the state to get its act together,” Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer said Wednesday night as the council asked…

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North's Walmart to encourage use of reusable bags

March 21, 2014

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:05 am | Updated: 2:19 am, Thu Mar 20, 2014. BY AMY DeMELIA SUN CHRONICLE STAFF | 0 comments NORTH ATTLEBORO – The local Walmart has joined a program that will allow the town’s schools to earn a piece of a $20,000 donation. Solid waste Director Michele Bernier said Walmart…

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Reusable Grocery Bag Influence Shoppers Choices

March 21, 2014

http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/02/22/reusable-grocery-bags-influence-shoppers-choices/66248.html By TRACI PEDERSEN Associate News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on February 22, 2014 Reusable Grocery Bags Influence Shoppers’ ChoicesEnvironment-friendly canvas grocery bags have a surprising influence over what products people buy, according to researchers from Harvard Business School (HBS). Not only do reusable bag shoppers choose more organic and environmentally friendly…

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