plastic bag bans

the president of nigeria is about to fuck boko haram up and cut his own salary in half and criminalized female genital mutilation

the president of guinea built/is building infrastructure and school and wells all over the country and is decreasing youth unemployment exponentially

the president of cote d’ivoire made school mandatory of children ages 6-16 and banned plastic bags while also building ultra modern trasportation infrastructure

the future is for real in africa 

Our top tips for reducing your waste...in style

1. Reduce the amount of plastic products you costume. Let’s start with the obvious…stop using plastic bags. No more excuses. Just stop. You can also start to switch out other plastics you have around the home, start with something simple like swapping your plastic toothbrush to a bamboo one.  


2. Do you drink coffee? Or tea? All of those empty, lonely, lipstick stained cups are going into landfill. It’s time that you invested in a reusable coffee cup and save the world one sip at a time. Most good cafes sell them, some even offer a discount on your coffee…that’s a double win for helping the environment and your bank account.


3. Recycle. Now you may be thinking…duh we already know this one BUT we’re not just talking about recycling your milk cartons and cereal boxes here. We’re taking it to the next level! Repurpose! How you ask? Start small…that jam jar you’re feeling great about because you just put it in the recycling bin. Take a break from patting yourself on the back. Take it out of the bin. Wash it. Repurpose and reuse it. Now you’ve got somewhere to put that open bag of nuts instead of using a plastic ziplock bag that you’re going to chuck out after one use. 

anonymous asked:

Where I live and work plastic bags haven't been banned and are free. Really wish that wasn't the case, or that I was at least allowed to say no to wasteful douchebags who request a bag for one or two small items that they could easily carry or put into even the smallest of pockets. But no, if I were to even *question* "are you sure you need a bag for that?" I'd be the rude one.

it’s frustrating how it’s so much easier to ban plastic bags or incandescent light bulbs than it is to institute a carbon tax or tax on plastic production at the source, which would be far more effective in spurring the development of alternatives.

In an effort to combat plastic pollution, Indian startup EnviGreen has come up with a combination of natural starch and vegetable oils that looks and feels just like plastic, but is 100 percent organic, biodegradable and eco-friendly. You can even dispose of such a “plastic” bag by eating it.

EnviGreen founder Ashwath Hedge came up with the idea for these revolutionary bags after seeing people struggling to find alternatives to plastic bags, following bans imposed by several Indian cities. “People were concerned bout how they would carry products from the market now. Everyone cannot afford a bag worth Rs. 5 or Rs. 15 to carry a kilogram of sugar,” he told The Better India. So the 25-year-old decided to work on something that would solve this problem while being environment-friendly.

Hedge spent four years researching and experimenting with various materials, but one day he discovered a combination of 12 ingredients, including potato, tapioca, corn, natural starch, vegetable oil, banana, and flower oil, that looked and felt like plastic, but posed none of the environmental problems. The manufacturing process is obviously a closely-guarded secret, but the young entrepreneur did reveal that the raw materials are first converted into liquid form, and then taken through a six-stage process to create the bags.

The cost of an EnviGreen bag is about 35% higher than that of a plastic bag, but the benefits of using the former are more than worth the extra cost. Once discarded, EnviGreen bags biodegrade naturally in less than 180 days, and if placed in water at room temperature, they dissolve in less than a day. For quick disposal, they can be placed in boiling water, and they dissolve in about 15 seconds. repost classyatheist

anonymous asked:

I work in the city famous for being rainy AF. We have a plastic bag ban. We are entering the constantly drippy and drizzling part of the year. So excited to have people complaining about the lack of water proof bags as if I, personally, decided to get rid of all the bags in this very large city. Yes, that was all me. Suffer.

so massachusetts is gonna ban plastic bags by 2018. god why can’t they just leave us alone. we’re the richest generation in history but government is determined to impoverish us in any way they can manage. 

want a lightbulb that doesn’t make your house look like a parking garage stairwell and isn’t a biohazard if it breaks? fuck you. get the curly cue bulb

want a toilet that actually flushes things down on the first try without flooding your bathroom? fuck you get a plunger

want to a car that can survive 3 mile an hour collision without crumpling like a sprite can? fuck you. enjoy your CAFE standards, pleb.

and now we can’t even get a fucking shopping bag. We’re all gonna be reduced to carrying around burlap sacks with us at all times like our great great great grandparents once did.

only the latest casualty in the war against everything reasonable and decent 

Living Solarpunk Right The Fuck Now

As soon as I found out about solarpunk, I knew it was the movement for me. It’s exactly what I’d been waiting for – near future, optimistic science fiction focusing on ways to fix current ecological and social problems. 

But it’s more than science fiction to me. In solarpunk I see a legitimate way forward, and a strong aesthetic hook to convince people to adopt available methods. To me, solarpunk suggests that we don’t need to sacrifice beauty and comfort to live a more sustainable, ethical life. And I think people respond to that. I know I do. 

So I’m all in. I’m a solarpunk. I want to be as solarpunk as currently possible, and I want to insure that living a solarpunk life becomes more accessible to everyone. The lists below focus on looking at my own life, community, and choices through a solarpunk lens.

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SAVE THE SEA TURTLES - STOP USING PLASTIC BAGS!

Over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. What you’re looking at is the back end of a sea turtle who has obviously ingested some type of plastic, which became stuck and blocked anything else from passing.. PLEASE help spread the word about banning plastic bags and always take re-usable tote bags with you to the store. Try to support stores who use paper instead of plastic bags and contact your local legislators about banning plastic take out bags. If you absolutely have to use plastic bags, ALWAYS recycle them or purchase biodegradable bags.

anonymous asked:

Got plastic bags banned in my state, for the most part people don't care but I've had a few get mad about it. One old lady bought a laser pointer, nothing else, then after I finished ringing her up asked for a bag. I told her we didn't have any, she got pissed and said she wouldn't be coming back. 1) It ain't my fault. 2) You could have put it in your purse or your pocket. Go buy a cloth bag you cunt.

so the environment is going to shit and the ice caps are melting but there are little things you can do to help

  • eat less meat, or meat that isn’t from cows (chicken, pork, and seafood are good alternatives)
  • why do you have to highlight text to bring up the option to make this a bullet pointed list jfc
  • recycle or repurpose trash wherever you can
  • donate your old clothes instead of throwing them away
  • use reusable bags when you’re grocery shopping they’re like 99c for one giant bag (plastic bags are now banned in california as of november 2016)
  • buy your fruits & veggies from local farmers if possible
  • plant a tree anywhere honestly
  • drink water from refillable bottles
  • you get a discount at almost every coffee shop for bringing in a travel mug

there’s a bunch of other stuff too that i can’t remember so feel free to add- we’re fucked but we aren’t beyond pulling ourselves out of this pit