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We Now Have Clear Evidence That Banning Plastic Bags Actually Works A major study confirms that countries with bans have reduced their pollution on the seafloor.
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wolfbat359
2018-04-07 12:12:59 UTC
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If you ever feel like the world's plastic nightmare might never end, a new study shows proof that plastic pollution legislation actually works.

There are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor ever since a number of European countries introduced fees on the items, according to a 25-year study from the UK government's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).

Researchers found an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland.

"It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, NGOs or government to reduce plastic bags are having an effect," Thomas Maes, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS, said in a statement. .... (cont)
GLOBALIST
2018-04-07 12:16:02 UTC
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If you ever feel like the world's plastic nightmare might never end, a new study shows proof that plastic pollution legislation actually works.
There are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor ever since a number of European countries introduced fees on the items, according to a 25-year study from the UK government's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).
Researchers found an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland.
"It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, NGOs or government to reduce plastic bags are having an effect," Thomas Maes, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS, said in a statement. .... (cont)
I live in St Louis Missouri the middle of our large
nation. I do not think our plastic bags make it
to the bottom of the ocean floor.
Jack Fate
2018-04-07 12:25:27 UTC
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If you ever feel like the world's plastic nightmare might never end, a new study shows proof that plastic pollution legislation actually works.
There are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor ever since a number of European countries introduced fees on the items, according to a 25-year study from the UK government's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).
Researchers found an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland.
"It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, NGOs or government to reduce plastic bags are having an effect," Thomas Maes, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS, said in a statement. .... (cont)
I live in St Louis Missouri the middle of our large
nation. I do not think our plastic bags make it
to the bottom of the ocean floor.
How about the micro particles in every fucking drop of water on the
planet, hot shot? The first Model T Ford was made from hemp (aka
marijuana) and so was the fuel. Rockefeller made sure that didn't
happen. You expect more from Standard and they fuck you up the ass.
wolfbat359
2018-04-07 12:25:44 UTC
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If you ever feel like the world's plastic nightmare might never end, a new study shows proof that plastic pollution legislation actually works.
There are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor ever since a number of European countries introduced fees on the items, according to a 25-year study from the UK government's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).
Researchers found an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland.
"It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, NGOs or government to reduce plastic bags are having an effect," Thomas Maes, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS, said in a statement. .... (cont)
I live in St Louis Missouri the middle of our large
nation. I do not think our plastic bags make it
to the bottom of the ocean floor.
http://www.startribune.com/plastic-bags-it-s-time-to-bag-these-ubiquitous-deadly-pollutants/415922604/


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Made from petroleum, those bags contain Bisphenol A, an endrocrine disruptor that can affect the reproductive development of children. Phthalates, another family of harmful chemicals, are found in virtually every plastic product including food wrap. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control tie these chemicals to a vast array of potential health problems especially among pregnant women and children.

The Minnesota Legislature needs to think through the ill effects of plastic both at a state and global level before it makes a monumental decision to stop communities from passing plastic bag bans. If Minneapolis and Duluth want to do the right thing by banning plastic bags, they should be commended and not stopped.

Bans are taking place all around the world as the deadly results of our throw-away society are washing up on beaches in the form of dead whales with stomachs full of plastic.

Even here in our landlocked area, dogs have died from ingesting plastic bags, and a loon, our mystical State Bird, was trapped in a plastic bag on the Mississippi River, unable to fly.

Plastic pollution is a tragedy that circles the globe but one that has local and state repurcussions. If you understand its longterm consequences, please contact your legislator. ....
wolfbat359
2018-04-07 14:59:47 UTC
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If you ever feel like the world's plastic nightmare might never end, a new study shows proof that plastic pollution legislation actually works.
There are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor ever since a number of European countries introduced fees on the items, according to a 25-year study from the UK government's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).
Researchers found an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland.
"It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, NGOs or government to reduce plastic bags are having an effect," Thomas Maes, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS, said in a statement. .... (cont)
I live in St Louis Missouri the middle of our large
nation. I do not think our plastic bags make it
to the bottom of the ocean floor.
From Sum of US!:




Donald,

I have two very exciting updates to share with you about our campaigns to stop plastic pollution from McDonald’s and Starbucks. In a nutshell: We’re winning!

McDonald’s ditches plastic straws in the UK!

Yes! You read that right. Just last week, the fast food multinational announced that it would start phasing out plastic straws from its UK restaurants in May!

Since last year, SumOfUs members from all over the world have been urging McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws. More than 388,000 of you have signed the petition, you sent over 21,000 emails to McDonald’s executives, and you shared videos and images on social media thousands upon thousands of times. Thank you!

When we met with McDonald’s lawyers in February, they told us that they had heard your message loud and clear -- and now we’re seeing action.

Ditching straws in the UK is a great start, but McDonald’s must roll this out globally, so we are ramping up the pressure.

That’s why a SumOfUs member has put forward a proposal for McDonald’s upcoming annual shareholder meeting, to get McDonald’s shareholders on side too.

This could be our most powerful tactic yet. Can you help make it happen?

Will you chip in $30 to cover the costs a group of SumOfUs members attending the AGM -- so they can speak up for our movement?

Starbucks promises a #BetterCup….again

Last month SumOfUS members across the world joined in with the ‘Starbucks: break free from plastic’ coalition to pressure the giant coffee chain to make good on its decade old promise to produce a 100% recyclable cup. And you did it!

The campaigning coalition formed ahead of Starbucks’ 2018 annual shareholder meeting in March. In the run-up to the meeting, the coffee giant was urging its shareholders to vote “no” on a proposal asking Starbucks to address its plastic pollution problem put forward by our friends, As You Sow.

And that’s where SumOfUs members like you really started to pile on the pressure.

Over 300,000 of you signed the petition. You emailed and tweeted the company in your thousands. And the day before the meeting, Starbucks suddenly announced it will commit $10 million in a partnership to bring a fully recyclable and compostable cup to market in three years!
rumpelstiltskin
2018-04-07 15:13:18 UTC
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https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/we-now-have-clear-evidence-banning-plastic-bags-actually-works?akid=16915.8621.Y08_9t&rd=1&src=newsletter1090802&t=36
If you ever feel like the world's plastic nightmare might never end, a new study shows proof that plastic pollution legislation actually works.
There are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor ever since a number of European countries introduced fees on the items, according to a 25-year study from the UK government's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).
Researchers found an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland.
"It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, NGOs or government to reduce plastic bags are having an effect," Thomas Maes, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS, said in a statement. .... (cont)
I have a bagful of plastic bags from my favourite
Chinese take-out place, because that's the only
kind of bag they have, and I feel guilty if I discard
it after I eat. I've tried to make a point of taking
one of those plastic bags with me when I'm
planning to go to that restaurant again, but of
course I hardly ever remember.

It's like a few dreams I've had lately, in which
friends who died decades ago are characters.
It takes me a few seconds after waking up to
realize "Oh, right, he's dead". This is what
happens when people get old. It should be
scary, but so far it's not been scary enough,
since I do quickly remember they're dead.
There will come a day, though, when after
waking up I'll fish out my address book and try
to telephone them, before I realize they're
dead.

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San Francisco has semi-banned plastic straws
now, BTW. You can still get a plastic straw if
you ask for one, but by law now, establishments
have to give you paper straws unless you ask
for plastic.

I have been pretty ecological at my Chinese
take-out place. I use wooden chopsticks instead
of the plastic forks, just out of preference but I
still get points for being ecological. I don't use a
throwaway plastic spoon for the soup, since I
drink the soup right out of the container.
However, the container is still plastic. I don't
know what to do about that. I can just shove
a plastic bag in a back pocket, but there's no
such easy way to carry a plastic soup bowl
around without it being an inconvenience.
wolfbat359
2018-04-07 15:18:01 UTC
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On Sat, 7 Apr 2018 05:12:59 -0700 (PDT), wolfbat359
Post by wolfbat359
https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/we-now-have-clear-evidence-banning-plastic-bags-actually-works?akid=16915.8621.Y08_9t&rd=1&src=newsletter1090802&t=36
If you ever feel like the world's plastic nightmare might never end, a new study shows proof that plastic pollution legislation actually works.
There are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor ever since a number of European countries introduced fees on the items, according to a 25-year study from the UK government's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).
Researchers found an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland.
"It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, NGOs or government to reduce plastic bags are having an effect," Thomas Maes, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS, said in a statement. .... (cont)
I have a bagful of plastic bags from my favourite
Chinese take-out place, because that's the only
kind of bag they have, and I feel guilty if I discard
it after I eat. I've tried to make a point of taking
one of those plastic bags with me when I'm
planning to go to that restaurant again, but of
course I hardly ever remember.
It's like a few dreams I've had lately, in which
friends who died decades ago are characters.
It takes me a few seconds after waking up to
realize "Oh, right, he's dead". This is what
happens when people get old. It should be
scary, but so far it's not been scary enough,
since I do quickly remember they're dead.
There will come a day, though, when after
waking up I'll fish out my address book and try
to telephone them, before I realize they're
dead.
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San Francisco has semi-banned plastic straws
now, BTW. You can still get a plastic straw if
you ask for one, but by law now, establishments
have to give you paper straws unless you ask
for plastic.
I have been pretty ecological at my Chinese
take-out place. I use wooden chopsticks instead
of the plastic forks, just out of preference but I
still get points for being ecological. I don't use a
throwaway plastic spoon for the soup, since I
drink the soup right out of the container.
However, the container is still plastic. I don't
know what to do about that. I can just shove
a plastic bag in a back pocket, but there's no
such easy way to carry a plastic soup bowl
around without it being an inconvenience.
Sounds like your doing all you can! I save the plastic bags from Safeway and bring them back when I go back to the store. Do not know what they do with them afterwards! I do use plastic spoons, forks and knives, so I am not doing what I can there!
rumpelstiltskin
2018-04-08 06:10:49 UTC
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San Francisco has semi-banned plastic straws
now, BTW. You can still get a plastic straw if
you ask for one, but by law now, establishments
have to give you paper straws unless you ask
for plastic.
I have been pretty ecological at my Chinese
take-out place. I use wooden chopsticks instead
of the plastic forks, just out of preference but I
still get points for being ecological. I don't use a
throwaway plastic spoon for the soup, since I
drink the soup right out of the container.
However, the container is still plastic. I don't
know what to do about that. I can just shove
a plastic bag in a back pocket, but there's no
such easy way to carry a plastic soup bowl
around without it being an inconvenience.
Sounds like your doing all you can! I save the plastic bags from Safeway and bring them back when I go back to the store. Do not know what they do with them afterwards! I do use plastic spoons, forks and knives, so I am not doing what I can there!
I'm not actively working on being ecological, it's just
in the back of my mind whenever I encounter a choice
between more or less ecological. I think that's the
best way to deal with the situation, rather than
getting all freaked out.

The plastic bags from Target are the best, because
they're big, and very sturdy, so you can use them
repeatedly for schlepping groceries from the car to
the house, before they wear out. I always try to keep
five or six of those in the trunk of my car.

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