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Martinez, California to purchase reusable bags in preparation for plastic bag ban

February 24, 2014 1 min read

MARTINEZ, Calif. – City Council approved the purchase of 2,000 reusable plastic bags as initial outreach and education of a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags in Martinez. The council directed staff at the Nov. 6, 2013, council meeting to draft an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags. Since that time, [...]
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Out with plastic as shop goes green

February 20, 2014 1 min read

Australian cosmetics chain Lush has banned plastic water bottles from every store in New Zealand, including Nelson's Morrison Square branch. The week-long bottle ban is part of a campaign aimed at reducing consumer consumption of "unnecessary" plastic. It will apply to all nine stores plus the chain's Sydney and Auckland [...]
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Think you can’t live without plastic bags? Consider this: Rwanda did it

February 18, 2014 1 min read

Emilie Clavel from theguardian.com traveled to Rwanda, and here is here experience while being searched on the border: "On a recent trip to Rwanda, my luggage was searched at the border, and the authorities confiscated some of my belongings. No, I wasn't trying to smuggle drugs or weapons. The offenders? Three plastic [...]
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Mountain View becomes latest to ban polystyrene products

February 15, 2014 1 min read

Mountain View, Ca. — Mountain View this week joined a growing list of cities that have banned disposal foam containers. On Tuesday, the city council voted 4-2 in favor of an ordinance that prohibits restaurants from packaging prepared food in expanded polystyrene, or EPS, and retailers from selling products made [...]
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Hawaii Just Became the First State to BAN This Everyday Shopping Item

February 13, 2014 1 min read

Hawaii — Plastic trash has always been a huge enviornmental problem, especially when the ocean is involved.  But few states have seen the impact of maritime pollution quite like Hawaii.  Now, Hawaii has become the first state to officially implement a ban on plastic bags at the checkout counter. Read [...]
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Simply Ambassador, Kim Lamarre, places 3rd in the women’s olympic slopestyle today

February 11, 2014 1 min read

Sochi, Russia — Simply Ambassador, Kim Lamarre's, performance today at the Olympic slopestyle was absolutely unreal! A true expression of the sport.  Her last jump, zero spin, is among the tuffest and technical trick to be done on a massive jump like this one.  Thanks to the judges for scoring in respect of [...]
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{Recipe Wednesday} Red Rejuvenator Juice from The Colorful Kitchen

February 05, 2014 1 min read

Here is Ilene Godofsky's (The Colorful Kitchen) 2nd recipe from January's Detox Week on Instagram… This is her Red Rejuvenator Juice — a super powerful drink that will give you energy, boost your immune system and help fight off sickness. To make it- juice 2 beets, 3 carrots, 1 orange, 1" piece [...]
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Los Gatos: Plastic bag ban approved by town council

February 03, 2014 1 min read

Los Gatos, California — The Los Gatos Town Council approved a ban on single use plastic bags at its meeting Monday night. The ban takes affect Feb. 3, 2014. At that time, grocery stores and most other retailers will begin selling recycled paper bags for 10 cents apiece. However, the aim [...]
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California set to ban plastic bags in 2015

January 29, 2014 1 min read

California lawmakers were due to unveil a compromise bill Friday that would, if passed, ban single-use plastic bags and impose a 10-cent fee on customers using store-provided bags starting in July 2015. The bill has the potential to be a breakthrough in environmental groups’ long battle to outlaw plastic bags [...]
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