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California’s Plastic Bag Ban: An Analysis

Trash Tree by Alex via Flickr. (CC by 2.0)

Trash Tree by Alex via Flickr. (CC by 2.0)

This is why I try to just use the tote bags I’ve collected from trade shows and festivals (I also use them for laundry days).

Via Mother Jones:

Last week, California became the first state to pass a bill banning the ubiquitous disposable plastic bag. If signed into law, the measure will prohibit grocery and retail stores from providing single-use plastic bags and require them to charge at least ten cents for paper bags, compostable bags, and reusable plastic bags. The bill, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-LA), will also provide funding for California-based plastic bag companies to develop sturdier, reusable options.

Worldwide, consumers use an estimated one trillion plastic bags each year—nearly two million a minute—with the use time of a typical bag just 12 minutes. Californians alone throw away 14 billion a year, creating 123,000 tons of waste and untold amounts of litter.

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Garbage Hotel Opens In Madrid

Photo: TresSugar

Photo: TresSugar

Looking for a place to stay in Madrid? Make an ec0-friendly reservation at the Beach Garbage Hotel! The Leader Post reports:

A new hotel has opened in the heart of Madrid proudly declaring that it’s complete rubbish.

More of a wooden shack than a five-star establishment, the walls of the Beach Garbage Hotel are strewn with detritus dragged up by the tide, recovered from landfills or snapped up at flea markets.

Among the wall decorations: Plastic drums, wooden frames, musical instruments, striped socks, tyres, and children’s books.

In the five rooms there are street lights, wobbly sideboards, and torn Persian rugs, ready to welcome the lucky winners of a Facebook competition whose prize was a free stay.

Out front, there is a small patch of sand and palm trees.

[Continues at Leader Post]

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