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Reusable bags still best option

September 29, 2009

Kamloops – Stung by falling demand for its products, the much-maligned plastic bag industry launched an offensive of its own this week, suggesting reusable grocery bags — the kind you see in the arms of an increasing number of shoppers these days — carry the risk of contamination and possible food poisoning. The Canadian Plastics Industry…

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Grocers, big chains to promote reusable bags

September 29, 2009

Reusable bags still best option Stung by falling demand for its products, the much-maligned plastic bag industry launched an offensive of its own this week, suggesting reusable grocery bags — the kind you see in the arms of an increasing number of shoppers these days — carry the risk of contamination and possible food poisoning.…

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Thanks, I have my own bag

September 29, 2009

There’s one sure way to beat the paper vs. plastic debate: refuse the store’s bag and bring your own. Canadians take home over 55 million plastic shopping bags every week. Lightweight and strong, these bags have become a regular part of our shopping experience. They also are part of a litter problem, where bags end…

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It's time to tax or ban single-use bags

May 14, 2009

From Sunnyvale Sun readers; part of the Bay Area New Group Posted: 05/13/2009 03:07:16 PM PDT                                      Updated: 05/13/2009 03:18:34 PM PDT I’d like to provide a different viewpoint in response to a number of spurious claims and red herrings offered up in last week’s letter on plastic bags by professor Lydia Ortega. An estimated 1 million plastic…

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Sacramento County Proposes Plastic Bag Ban

May 12, 2009

  SACRAMENTO, CA – A proposed ordinance would require supermarkets and large pharmacies located in unincorporated areas of Sacramento County to phase out plastic bags and replace them with recyclable or reusable bags. Supervisor Roger Dickinson said on Monday that his proposed ordinance targets single use, non-recyclable shopping bags that often end up in landfills…

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The Impact of Plastic Bags

May 8, 2009

The Impact of Plastic Bags – from \’Message in the Waves\’ This is the trailer from Rebecca Hosking’s excellent ‘Message In The Waves’ documentary that she filmed for the BBC. Because of their experience in turning Coles Bay plastic bag free, Jon Dee and Ben Kearney were the key advisors to Rebecca when she turned…

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Plastic bag ban begins

May 8, 2009

Posted Mon May 4, 2009 7:29am AEST Updated Mon May 4, 2009 1:42pm AEST South Australia has become the first state to ban lightweight plastic checkout bags. The ban is expected to reduce the 400 million bags a year which end up in dumps. Shops must supply reusable or environmentally friendly alternatives such as cornstarch…

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US: Kroger pushes reusable bags

May 8, 2009

20 April 2009 | Source: just-food.com    US supermarket group Kroger has launched an online contest for consumers to design a reusable carrier bag in a bid to encourage shoppers to reduce the number of plastic bags used. This is the second year that Kroger has marked Earth Day with a reusable bag design contest. Consumers…

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Plastic's not so fantastic for green shoppers in Wawa

May 8, 2009

Posted By CONOR MIHELL, SPECIAL TO THE STAR Sault St. Marie, ON April 2009 According to the Worldwatch Institute, an international environmental research organization, humans around the globe produce upwards of five trillion plastic shopping, storage, lunch and garbage bags annually. The majority of these bags are used once and eventually disposed in a landfill,…

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Loblaws bags a nickel starting tomorrow

May 8, 2009

Jan 11, 2009 04:30 AM Robyn Doolittle STAFF REPORTER It’s like there’s a scarlet letter burned across Jennifer Sutcliffe’s forehead as she hastily piles eight bags of groceries into the cart – “P.” For plastic. For polluter. “I have cats. I use them for the litter,” she clarifies apologetically. Not good enough. Gazing down the…

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