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5 posts from August 2007

August 30, 2007

Is Green Living Your Bag, Baby?

USA Today 08.29.07Usa_today_workhorse

These eco-friendly totes take a load off your mind, arms. If green is the new black, then a reusable tote is the new must-have designer handbag. Of course, the Anya Hindmarch "I'm Not A Plastic Bag" tote is out of the question. Fear not. The reusable-bag movement is in full swing, with options for everyone from trendy fashionistas to serious eco-friendly shoppers."There's a lot more out there than the straight-ahead canvas bag," says Vincent Cobb, founder of reusablebags .com.

There is universal agreement when it comes to features to consider when looking for the right reusable bag: personal style, a wide-enough base, sturdy fabric and an ability to be compactly stored when heading out for a shopping spree. The bags sold by ReusableBags.com are "fully green, all the way down to the ink used to print the slogan," says Cobb.

Our Take: The thrust of the story is practical bags versus fashionista bags - of the hundreds of options of reusable bags out there, the editors endorsed a total of 3, all of which were from our proprietary Acme bags line. Our bags were considered "seriously green" and "perfect for the activist."

Check out the featured bags here:
ACME Bags - Workhorse Style 1500
ACME Bags - EarthTote
ACME Bags - Plastic Bags Blow Dual Handled Hemp Tote

Link: Is Green Living Your Bag, Baby?

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August 17, 2007

The Diane Rehm Show (NPR) Discusses Banning Plastic Bags

NPR 08.13.07

Several U.S cities may follow San Francisco's lead in the effort to ban plastic bags at large grocery and pharmacies checkout counters. The show talked about some of the economic, environmental, and logistical challenges of cutting back on the use of plastic bags.

Guests included:
Sam Shropshire, Alderman / Ward 7 Annapolis, Maryland
Donna Dempsey, spokesperson, Progressive Bag Alliance
Jon Coifman, Natural Resources Defense Council
Barry F. Share, VP Public Affairs, Giant Food

Link: The Diane Rehm Show

Water, Water Everywhere, but Guilt by the Bottleful

New York Times 08.12.07Nytimes_bottle

Plastic water bottles are being targeted as the latest environmental villain. "It's not really about water; it's about oil and all that trash."

Link: Water, Water Everywhere, but Guilt by the Bottleful

Greening Up by Cutting Down on Plastic Bags

New York Times 08.05.07

Local efforts to recycled plastic bags are gaining momentum. But changing the habits of generations of shoppers may be an uphill battle.

Link: Greening Up by Cutting Down on Plastic Bags

Pressure Builds to Ban Plastic Bags in Stores

New York Times 07.24.07Annapolis_ban

The debate over paper vs plastic may soon be settled in Annapolis, Maryland, where a bill aimed at protecting marine life would ban plastic bags from all retail stores. Stores would be required to offer paper bags made from recycled material under the bill, which goes to a final City Council vote in October.

Link: Pressure Builds to Ban Plastic Bags in Stores