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3 posts from February 2007

February 21, 2007

IKEA to charge nickel for plastic bags

MSNBC.com

Ikeabag PHILADELPHIA - Sweden's IKEA will charge U.S. customers five cents for disposable plastic shopping bags in what the international furniture giant said on Wednesday was a first step to ending their use altogether.

IKEA said the decision to stop giving away free bags to customers aimed to reduce the estimated 100 billion bags thrown away by all U.S. consumers each year.

IKEA is believed to be first retailer in the United States to undertake such a program, according to National Retail Federation spokesman Scott Krugman.

Link: IKEA to charge nickel for plastic bags.

February 18, 2007

The Real Cost of Bottled Water

Slow Food USA

...Most of the price of a bottle of water goes for its bottling, packaging, shipping, marketing, retailing and profit. Transporting bottled water by boat, truck and train involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels. More than 5 trillion gallons of bottled water is shipped internationally each year... As further proof that the bottle is worth more than the water in it, starting in 2007, the state of California will give 5 cents for recycling a small water bottle and 10 cents for a large one.                   

Just supplying Americans with plastic water bottles for one year consumes more than 47 million gallons of oil, enough to take 100,000 cars off the road and 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, according to the Container Recycling Institute...

More than 1 billion plastic water bottles end up in the California's trash each year, taking up valuable landfill space, leaking toxic additives, such as phthalates, into the groundwater and taking 1,000 years to biodegrade. That means bottled water may be harming our future water supply...

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Link: The Real Cost of Bottled Water.

February 02, 2007

American city councils ponder plastic waste problem

American Chronicle

City councils everywhere today have to address the question of what to do with discarded plastic bags.

Collecting them and transporting them to landfills is costing money. Lots of it. So much, in fact, that California calculated the cost at 17 cents per bag.

So, they proposed a tax of 17 cents per plastic bag. There is much opposition because citizens feel the cost of shopping will go up.

Perhaps councils could look at other examples of how some communities across the world have addressed this problem.

Ireland imposed a tax and cut plastic bag usage by 90%. Clearly, popular or not, it works. Taiwan has cut plastic bag usage 80%.

But some Australian communities have succeeded followed the voluntary route...

Link: American Chronicle: American city councils ponder plastic waste problem.