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Ban on Platics Bags… Where’s your City?

IMAGE: Ross Mirkarimi hands out canvas shopping bags

City Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hands out canvas shopping bags in San Francisco, he sponsored the original version of the ordinance banning plastic grocery bags!

Leading the way San Fransico…

The ban is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4.2 millions kilograms annually.  (What that really means I don’t know… but it sounds great)

The ban the use of traditional plastic grocery bags is a big step, but what has this not be implemented by other municipal leaders?  Perhaps you and I are to blame for not putting pressure on our local elected leaders.

Just imagine if all grocery stores and drugstores were not aloud to use non-recyclable and non-biodegradable plastic bags made from petroleum products.

The city legislator who introduced the bill in San Fransisco, Ross Mirkarimi, said that up to 200 million plastic bags are used each year in the city of roughly 740,000 people.

It’s estimated a traditional plastic bag takes 1,000 years to dissolve!

  • By cutting 100 million plastic bags a year the city of San Fransisco will save 1.5 million litres of oil, and eliminate 4.2 million kilograms of carbon dioxide (Jared Blumenfeld, the head of the city’s environment department).
  • Leaf Rapids, Manitoba became the first Canadian community to ban plastic shopping bags

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Business Development, Earth, Marketing, Sustainability, Waste | , , , , , , | Leave a comment