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4 posts from September 2005

September 14, 2005

Blanket ban on plastic bags in forests

The Telegraph

Planning to visit the jungles of Jharkhand or the Rajrappa temple next month? Carry everything, except for plastic and polythene bags.

The reason: the state forest and environment department has decided to ban the use of any type of polythene in the national parks, reserves forests, sanctuaries and zoos across Jharkhand from next month.

The department has also decided to put a blanket ban on the use of polythene bags within a two-kilometre radius of the Rajrappa temple, where thousands of devotees visit everyday from various parts of the country.

Sources in the department said the decision has been taken according to the provisions of Environment (Protection) Act of 1986. The department had been receiving a large number of complaints from local forest officials about the indiscriminate use of polythene bags in national parks, sanctuaries and reserve forests...

Link: Blanket ban on plastic bags in forests.

September 07, 2005

Fantastic disappearing plastic


Plastic will survive forever in landfill, or, if it is burnt, as it is in Japan, it can release toxic and carcinogenic particles into the atmosphere.

But a small Australian company called Plantic says it has a solution just add water and the problem will disappear.

The patented formula comprises 90 per cent cornstarch and other organic materials like water, fatty acid and oil...

Plantic conforms to European standard of biodegradability and when placed on the compost heap, it will disappear within three months releasing water into the soil and carbon dioxide into the Air.

Link: Fantastic disappearing plastic.

September 06, 2005

Another Indian state bans plastic bags

Sun.Star Pampanga

DO PLASTIC bags contribute to flooding?

This is what the Western Indian State of Maharashtra thinks so. They ban the manufacture, sale and use of all plastic bags, saying they choked drainage systems during the recent monsoon rains. Flooding and landslides killed more than 1,000 people in the state. The ban carries a fine of 5,000 rupees (P6,200) for manufacturing and selling plastic bags, and 1,000 rupees (P1,233) for individuals caught using it. The Northern Indian State of Himachi Pradesh, a popular tourist destination, is the first Indian state to impose a similar ban on plastic bags. The penalty for those using a polyethylene bag is US$2,000 or seven years imprisonment.
Flooding is also the reason why Bangladesh enforced a complete ban on the sale and use of polyethylene bags in the capital, Dhaka. Millions of plastic bags disposed of everyday are clogging Dhaka's drainage system, posing a serious environmental hazard. It is identified as one of the leading causes of severe flooding in 1988 and 1998. They are now promoting the use of jute bags as an alternative...

Link: Another Indian state bans plastic bags.

Ten Ways to Re-Use and Re-cycle Plastic Bags


1) Re-Use as a grocery bag. Simply place a few in your purse or pocket before shopping.

2) Re-Use as packing material. Wad the bags up and pack around the materials to be packed.

3) Re-Use them as trash bags. They are perfect to line small household waste baskets. You can use the handles to tie them shut when they full.

4) Cut into strips to make into a washable placemat or rug. (See pattern below)

5) Storage bags. Simply store and hang items you need to put away.

6) Make Into rope by Finger Crocheting. You can use this rope for a clothes line, or a child's jump rope.

7) Hanging Planter. There are expensive plastic bags on the market which are just plastic with some holes speared in them. You can hang the plant anywhere. Just use two or three plastic bags together for strength and then fill with dirt and plants. Water regularly.

8) Emergency Rain hats. Tie one over your coif for rain protection.

9) Emergency Diaper (nappy) cover. In a pinch a plastic grocery or bread bag makes a nice emergency disposable cover!

10) Washable Shelf Liners. Cut and tack for a nice washable shelf liner.

Link: Ten Ways to Re-Use and Re-cycle Plastic Bags - Frugal Living.