plastic bag bans

Let the ecologists adopt the poverty-stricken life-style of Eastern Europe if they choose. Let them go about like old Russian grandmothers in Moscow, with an ever-present shopping bag and herring jar, if that is what they like. Let them pick through garbage pails while pretending that they live in a spaceship–"spaceship Earth", they call it–rather than in the richest country of the planet earth. But there is absolutely no sane reason why anyone should or needs to live this way, and certainly not in modern America. Above all, let them keep their peculiar values to themselves and not seek to impose them on the rest of us by the enactment of laws.

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 

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.

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 

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7. When a coal mine catches fire, it burns for decades or even centuries. There are thousands of these fires across the world at any given moment.

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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

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Ban plastic bags across NSW, Victoria and WA
The Project has teamed up with Clean Up Australia to call on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, and WA Premier Mark McGowan to #BanTheBag. These three great Australians could see single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags banned across Australia, thanks to existing bans...

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If you’re an Aussie please sign this petition to ban plastic bags in WA, NSW and Victoria, thank you xx

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

Hawaii is soon to become the first state in the US to enforce a plastic bag ban. The ban was passed at the county level in every county in the state. This is a great example of how small, local action can create big change.