Making Waves in Bellingham, WA

Making Waves in Bellingham, WA

In Bellingham, Washington, two ladies decided that they wanted a plastic bag ban in their town. Brookes Anderson and Jill McIntyre Witt started the ball rolling. They called their group “Bag It Bellingham”. Then they engaged the help of Seth Fleetwood, a City Councilman. “We have plans for a Citizen Awareness & Education Outreach throughout […]

Making Waves in Brownsville, TX

Making Waves in Brownsville, TX

On the Gulf Coast, Rose Timmer and her non-profit, Healthy Communities of Brownsville, spearheaded a grassroots effort to get a plastic bag ban passed in Brownsville, Texas. Brownsville is a border town with Mexico. Timmer and her volunteers worked two years on the process. After a year, in September, 2009, they formed an environmental advisory […]

Plastic Common and Persistent Ocean Pollutant

Plastic Common and Persistent Ocean Pollutant

Plastics are now one of the most common and persistent pollutants in our oceans today. From plastic bags to micro plastics, or nurdles, plastic pollution in the ocean continues to increase each year. Although the plastics industry seeks to minimize the risk and dangers of these pollutants, studies show that they are a major contributor […]

Plastic Ingestion by Northern Pacific Fulmars

Plastic Ingestion by Northern Pacific Fulmars

A recent study, in 2012, of the seabird, Northern Fulmars, indicated an increase of plastic ingestion by these birds over the past forty years. The study was lead by Stephanie Avery-Gomm, a zoology graduate student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. In the study, researchers collected dead northern fulmars from several eastern North […]

Plastic Ingestion by Storm-Petrels

Plastic Ingestion by Storm-Petrels

Here is a study of Leach’s Storm-petrels and how much plastic is ingested by the bird. The study was conducted in Newfoundland, Canada. The researchers found that 48% of the birds contained plastic, some up to 17 pieces of plastic. It was also determined that plastic ingestion has increased in this species in the Northwest […]

Recycling is Key

Recycling is Key

If all plastic carryout bags were recycled, we wouldn’t need to ban plastic bags. The EPA says that only about 12% of plastic bags are recycled in America. In 2008, 102 billion plastic bags were produced in the United States. At a 12% recycling rate, only 12 billion were recycled. Of the remaining 90 billion […]

Recycling as Convenient as Plastic

Recycling as Convenient as Plastic

Most disposable plastic can be recycled. Few Americans recycle because it is inconvenient. I fully believe that people would put recyclables into recycle bins if there was a recycle bin handy. Trash cans are everywhere you go: at the gas station, convenience store, fast food outlets, at the mall, at the park, on the beach. […]

Top Ten Reasons to Ban Plastic Bags

Top Ten Reasons to Ban Plastic Bags

1. Hazard to Marine Life, Sea Birds, Animals Plastic bags do not degrade in the marine environment. Plastic bags photo-degrade, meaning they break down into smaller and smaller bits of plastic but never completely go away. Marine animals, such as turtles, and seabirds see these micro plastic particles floating in the water and think that […]

Why Ban Plastic Bags?

Why Ban Plastic Bags?

While being interviewed by a journalist in Africa, I was asked the question, “Why ban plastic bags?” It was a very good question. I proceeded to explain briefly the following ten reasons why I feel plastic bags should be extinct across the world. I also stated that plastic bags are a great invention. Concurrently, they […]

Global Regulation of Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are being regulated around the world. Countries around the world are regulating plastic bags and their usage. Plastic bags have become such a global threat to our environment that some countries are banning the manufacture, sale, and distribution of plastic bags. See the stories of plastic bag regulation in countries around the globe. […]