The Majestic Plastic Bag Video: The Mutual Of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Episode We Almost Missed.

Narrated by Jeremy Irons, “The Majestic Plastic Bag” was created by Heal the Bay in 2010. The video was recirculated when it was attached to California’s AB 298 – a bill to ban plastic bags. Unfortunately the bill failed in the California legislature.

Jeremy Irons’ documentary “Trashed” is now in limited release in the US. [AVAAZ]


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Toronto Banned Plastic Bags. Reverse The Bag Ban Made A Really ‘Dum’ Video Opposing It.

Congrats to Toronto! They decided to ban all plastic bags instead of charging a $.05 tax. Now a group opposing the ban, Reverse The Bag Ban Canada, made a video [above] and after I watched it, I realized that Toronto didn’t go far enough with their ban. Here are some suggestions for what they should ban next:

  • Tape.
  • Dumb videos.
  • Pets with dumb people.

Come on Reverse The Bag Ban folks – even I could make a better video. Add your own subtitles and use that Hitler rant video or just show kittens. Anything would be better than the video above and … wait a second, I want to see you guys fail. Stick with this gem of a video; nothing explains how necessary plastic bags are like a talking dog and groceries taped to the guy he’s walking. [Treehugger]

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Bainbridge Island Bans Plastic Shopping Bags. Time To Ramp Up Production Of Grocery Shirt 2.0.

Hooray for Bainbridge Island! Joining several other communities in the state of Washington, Bainbridge Island’s city council just unanimously passed an ordinance to ban the use of plastic grocery bags. It takes effect in November 2012 which is more than enough time to ramp up production of Grocery Shirt 2.0. Over-sized and comfortable, the GS 2.0 has ample space for the gallon milk jug, bag of chips and slab of bacon – basically, a meal in our house.

If you get a chance, read the some of the 150+ comments to the Kitsap Sun article. I did and my suggestion is that if you don’t like the idea that one small island community is banning plastic bags, don’t shop there. Seems pretty simple.

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What Are The Results From China’s 2008 Ban Against Free Plastic Bags?

Only in China could a free plastic bag ban be so easily enacted. As posted in Good and later in Treehugger, China passed a law in 2008 making it illegal for stores to give out free plastic bags. They can only sell them at a price higher than the bags cost and store owners could pocket the difference.

The results? According to a Hoaran He, a researcher from the University of Gothernburg, the ban against free plastic bags has reduced China’s consumption by 40% or the equivalent of 40 billion plastic bags. That’s a huge number and hard to verify. Nevertheless, I’m sure the law reduced plastic bag consumption in China by a number in the billions and that is significant.

What’s more amazing to me is how quickly China’s government can act without the interference of lobbyist and special interest groups pushing them and buying them to vote another way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure corruption is rampant in China, but their ability to act and respond to a problem and develop a nationwide resolution is something to marvel at. It’s no wonder a recent report by Ernst Young stated that China has a clear lead in the pursuit of renewable energy.

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Brownsville Texas’s Plastic Bag Ban Turns It Up To Eleven – Adds $1 Surcharge

This post is re-published with permission from BusinessGreen.com.

Plastic Bag LitterBrownsville in Texas has a gone step further than most in the battle against the curse of plastic shopping bags. The municipal authority has amended a voluntary ban, which was passed on 5 January 2010, to include a $1 per transaction surcharge on shoppers who choose to use plastic bags that are not designed for reuse. The revenue from the surcharge will be channeled into environmental programs operated by the city, said city commissioner Edward Camarillo. The by-law comes into effect on 1 January 2011.

The American Chemistry Council has protested against Brownsville’s bag ban, arguing that the plastic bag industry has created 2,600 jobs in Texas. The Council commissioned a survey of 300 Brownsville adults last month, which found that half the respondents wanted the ban repealed. Twenty-eight per cent of respondents supported the ban, the survey reported.

Brownsville joins a growing list of towns banning retailers from issuing plastic bags. San Francisco has phased out disposable plastic bags, and San Jose has a ban, although California was unable to pass a bill banning them state-wide. Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach have vowed to press ahead with bans despite the failure of the California-wide ban. San Francisco, Fairfax, San Jose, Palo Alto, Laguna Beach, and Los Angeles all have bans, as does Portland.

Jubbling’s Take: Forgo all plastic and reusable canvas bags and start buying only what you can carry out of the store in your clothing.

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