Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New Year from Bag It!

We can’t believe it’s already New Year’s.  Almost. Our inboxes are inundated with requests from every cause imaginable, to donate before the close of the old year. We want to ring in the New Year with every possible resolve.  In … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Freedom to Access Information and Act on It! – Rebecca Mayer

Remember Erin Brokovich?  The film made us all so angry with PG&E for allowing toxic levels of the chemical compound hexavalent chromium to invade the drinking water and affect the health of the entire town of Hinkley, California. The sense … Continue reading

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Pollution Update: India – Rebecca Mayer

Whether you are reading fiction or a scientific report on India, you will learn that the country is typified by contradiction.  I have been trying to wrap my brain around the contrasts for over two weeks now, as I travel … Continue reading

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Cancer-Causing “Dirty Dozen”

Just as the all-American landmark The Grand Canyon is set to ban plastic water bottles, it’s interesting to become aware of all-American products that are linked to cancer-causing chemicals.  Ralph Nader and the Cancer Group first released this list in … Continue reading

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Bag-Banning News – by Rebecca Mayer

Plastic Bag Bans are spreading worldwide!  See this map for locations that are saving tons of barrels of oil while protecting marine life by sidestepping our throw-away culture. Beverly Hills, California, Durango, Colorado, and four cities in Oregon – Eugene, … Continue reading

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More Government Involvement? Alameda County on the Fence…by Rebecca Mayer

Here’s an idea: make recycling mandatory.  Impose fines for violators who throw away recyclable or compostable items. Several areas throughout the United States have set a precedent: San Francisco implemented compulsory recycling and composting in 2009. Seattle successfully began enforcing … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s Bigger, Better Bag Ban – by Emily Utter

In November 2007, San Francisco was the first city in the U.S. to implement a ban on plastic bags at all large supermarkets and pharmacies. Four years later, San Francisco is now on the brink of making that legislation even … Continue reading

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