Stories tagged "single use plastic"

July 9, 2019

One Cool Thing: Three States Ban Plastic Bags

The Governor of Oregon just signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags that will go into effect in January of next year.  The law also requires retailers to charge at least five cents for paper bags (with 40% post-consumer recycled content or more).  Oregon...

June 30, 2019

Summer Music Festivals Working to Be Green Even in Record Heat

Hundreds of thousands of people will attend music festivals all over the world this summer, and some of those events are making a concerted effort to lower their carbon footprint and encourage sustainability by the music fans attending.  When a festival comes to town,...

June 11, 2019

Trudeau Announces Canada Will Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021

The government of Canada announced this week that it will ban many single-use plastic items by 2021 and also plans to make companies that manufacture or sell plastic products take responsibility for recycling their plastic waste.  According to CBC News, the government...

May 31, 2019

EU Votes NO on Single-Use Plastics

The European Parliament voted this past week to ban all single-use plastic items, including straws, food containers, cotton buds, and cutlery by 2021. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the ban; 560 MEPs voting in favor of the agreement, 35 voting against it, and...

May 22, 2019

One Superhero Thing: Aquaman Joins The Fight Against Ocean Plastic

Jason Momoa, of Game of Thrones and more recently Aquaman fame, has joined the fight against ocean plastic.  And for his true fans, if you wondered why he shaved his beard, it was all for a good cause — to raise awareness about single-use plastic water bottles. ...

April 4, 2019

Plastic Bags in NY Getting Laid Off Like Straws

The State of New York is poised to ban all single-use plastic bags shopping bags in the state.  Last weekend Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the states new budget law “includes legislation to ban single-use,  plastic bags provided to customers and allows...