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Los Angeles Moves to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles City Council recently passed a motion granting preliminary approval to a measure that would outlaw plastic bags at grocery stores. As the second largest municipality in the United States, the measure – which would take effect January 1 2014 – carries a lot of weight.It’s estimated that the outright ban on disposable plastic…

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From Plastic to Reusable Paper Bags

Consumer trends affect every business. To today’s consumer, the plastic bag carries negative connotations. It’s true they are recyclable but studies have shown that only about 5% of all disposable plastic bags are ever recycled. Are you sending the right message as a business? Paper kraft bags are compostable and recyclable; you won’t see them…

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Toronto Councillors Revoke Plastic Bag Ban

Toronto councilors have decided to backtrack on their decision earlier this year to ban single-use plastic bags from grocery stores, a move that was to take effect as of January 1, 2013. The decision is reported to be based on legal advice sought after the City was confronted with legal challenges, including one from the…

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Paper Bags as Art

Architect Jeremy Barbour has discovered a new – and highly creative – use for the classic brown paper bag. Barbour, of the Brooklyn based firm TACKLEBOX Architecture, created the design for the interior of OWEN, a clothing boutique in the city’s chic Meatpacking District which calls for a whopping 25,000 or so paper bags. They…

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