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THE Plastic Bag Ban STORY …it’s now 2019 and the fight continues and who is monitoring this?


It is now 2019 and though the effort to deal with plastic is more evident, you can still tell …if you’re the one shopping that plastic bags are NOT gone! They come and go, get replaced by paper for about a month still and the next thing you know plastic bags are the only option

first posted – Nov.2011

What’s the Problem?

Washingtonians use more than 2 billion single-use plastic bags each year, and Seattle alone uses approximately 292  million plastic bags annually and only 13% are recycled.  Too many plastic bags end up in Puget Sound where they do not biodegrade.  Plastic bags break down into smaller and smaller pieces that remain hazardous as they are consumed by filter-feeders,  shellfish, fish, turtles, marine mammals,  and birds. PCB levels in Chinook salmon from Puget Sound are 3- to  5-times higher than any other West Coast populations.

In 2010, a  beached gray whale was found to have 20 plastic bags in its stomach!

Data source: Keeping Plastics Out of Puget Sound,  Environment Washington Report, November 2011

How would the plastic bag ban work?

by Mike O’Brien

It’s simple – retailers are prohibited from offering plastic carryout bags to customers.  Paper bags may still be provided to customers for a minimum of five cents – stores keep the nickel to help cover the cost of providing bags.  Everyone is encouraged to use reusable bags.

What bags?

  • Banned Bags Include plastic bags provided at the checkout of all retail stores (bags less than 2.25 ml thick and made from non‐renewable sources).
  • Exclusions: bags used by shoppers in a store to package bulk foods, meat, flowers, bakery goods or prescriptions; newspaper, door hanger bags and dry cleaning bags.

What stores?

  • Where the policy applies: all retail stores including but not limited to grocery stores, corner and convenience stores, pharmacies,  department stores, farmers markets, restaurants and catering trucks.
  • Where it’s not applicable: for take‐out food where there is a public health risk if a bag is not provided.

What about paper?

  • Retailers may provide paper bags made of at least 40% recycled paper for a minimum 5 cent pass-through cost that retailers keep to  offset the cost of providing bags.
  • Low-income customers who qualify for food assistance programs shall be provided paper bags at no charge.

Joining cities on the West Coast and around the world

Seattle would join cities along the West Coast, hundreds of cities across the country and twenty nations worldwide that have already taken action to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.

  • San Francisco, CA – Banned plastic bags in 2007.
  • Los Angeles County – Banned Plastic bags November 2010; includes a 10 cent fee on paper bags.
  • Portland, OR – Banned plastic bags in summer 2011.
  • Edmonds, WA – Banned Plastic Bags in 2009; the law was implemented in August 2010.
  • Bellingham, WA – Banned plastic bags in 2011, in the model outlined in this document;  legislation to be implement in summer 2012.
  • Washington DC – Implemented a 5 cent fee on paper and plastic bags in 2009; reduced  disposable bag use by 80% citywide in the first year.

Background -Seattle

   In 2008, the City Council passed an ordinance that would have placed a 20 cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags at grocery, drug and convenience stores in an effort to reduce waste.   The ordinance passed the Council in a 6-1 vote and then opposing parties collected enough signatures to refer the ordinance to the ballot, where it was overturned by the voters (53%-47%)  in the  November 2009 primary election.   The American Chemistry Council spent over $1.4 million opposing the law during the ballot measure campaign.

My take ~ As the ban on plastic bags is implemented and or enforced most checkers are asking if you would like to buy a cotton bag because there were no flimsy plastic available. Now, after finally getting those flimsy bags out some stores, others such as the Dollar store and Safeway came up with or possibly the plastic industry came up with a heavy-duty plastic supposedly reusable bag. I was at a Safeway and needed another bag. I honestly did not want to spend $5 and while I was looking around, I spotted a heavy-duty plastic Safeway logo on the bag with pretty colours.  I don’t don’t about you but this was a disappointing find on so many environmental official statewide ban levels though i admit it can be reused, it is quite large and was only .25 but they tear easily. I bought one to see how it would hold up and it lasted about 2hours

… so, the next question for king county is if they actually have folks checking in on stores selling heavy-duty reusable plastic bags

What plastic bags?   ugh


Top 10 2013: least and most expensive places to live

COLI Release Highlights, Quarter 3 2013

<!–This report represents the sixth edition of a new format for the Cost of Living Index. Starting in 2007, C2ER has published an Annual Review of data for the preceding year. The data contained within the report represents unweighted average prices submitted for the first three quarters of the year, with new index numbers calculated using the modified weights for the upcoming year applied to these average prices. For further details on the annual average methodology, please visit our website at http://www.coli.org/Method.asp.

–>Among the 306 urban areas that have participated the third quarter 2013 Cost of Living Index, the after-tax cost for a professional/managerial standard of living ranged from more than twice the national average in New York (Manhattan) to just over 19 percent below the national average in Norman, OK.   The Cost of Living Index is published quarterly by C2ER – The Council for Community and Economic Research.

The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas in the Cost of Living Index (COLI) Third Quarter 2013 National Average for 306 Urban Areas = 100
 Most Expensive  Least Expensive
Ranking Urban Areas COL Index Ranking Urban Areas COL Index
1 New York (Manhattan) NY 221.3 1 Norman OK 82.4
2 New York (Brooklyn) NY 175.6 2 Pueblo CO 82.5
3 Honolulu HI 167.5 3 Harlingen TX 83.4
4 San Francisco CA 159.9 4 Memphis TN 84.9
5 New York (Queens) NY 151.4 5 Youngstown-Warren OH 85.5
6 Hilo HI 149.1 6 Covington KY 85.7
7 San Jose CA 148.8 7 Tupelo MS 85.8
8 Stamford CT 143.3 8 Augusta-Aiken GA-SC 85.9
9 Washington DC 141.6 9 Birmingham AL 85.9
10 Orange County CA 140.7 10 Sherman-Denison TX 86.2

The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile. It is based on more than 90,000 prices covering almost 60 different items for which prices are collected three times a year by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations or university applied economic centers in each participating urban area. Small differences in the index numbers should not be interpreted as significant.

The composite index is based on six components – housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.


Greenpeace and Paul McCartney

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“It seems madness that we are willing to go to the ends of the earth to find the last drops of oil when our best scientific minds are telling us we need to get off fossil fuels to give our children a future. At some time, in some place, we need to take a stand. I believe that time is now, and that place is the Arctic.”

Sir Paul McCartney

Greenpeace and Paul McCartney are joining up to raise awareness about the Arctic through an innovative new website called the Urgency Network.
Our hope is to reach people who may not already know about the risks facing the Arctic. And we have an exciting plan to kick things off this summer that just might do the trick.
Carmen, this is your chance to win a trip to meet Paul McCartney and to help save the Arctic in the process. All you have to do is take action online and share our campaign with your friends. That’s seriously it.
Take action on the Urgency Network today and start spreading the word about our campaign to save the Arctic for your chance to meet Paul McCartney.
It’s simple. One lucky person (you?) will win two VIP passes to this year’s Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco to watch the former Beatle perform and to meet him personally. Together we hope the opportunity to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience will help raise awareness about the Arctic.
The more you support the campaign, the better your chances of winning become and the more people who take stand for the Arctic. Everybody wins.
We’ll continue adding prizes to the site. So stay tuned for information on more exciting experiences. We just figured we’d kick things off in style.
Millions of people have already signed on to save the Arctic from around the world. We’re hoping that with the help of Paul McCartney, the Urgency Network and supporters like you that millions more will follow this summer.
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Coming together for the Arctic,
Dan Howells Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director
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U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

03/01/2013 08:02 PM EST


Food For Life Baking Company of Corona, California is recalling 15,369 cases of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Cereal shipped between November 20, 2012 to February 11, 2013, because the product may be mislabeled and may contain an undeclared allergen – almond:
03/01/2013 08:07 PM EST
See’s Candies, Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., is recalling one code of 1.7 ounce Divinity Easter Egg with Walnuts, because some boxes labeled Divinity with Walnuts may actually contain Peanut Butter Eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.


04c7dc_2b32b05366d01572a11bfc558697c644Dear Friends,
This is the final week to sign the petition to stop the Navy from their worldwide killing of whales and dolphins with their underwater sonar sound program. Unless we all act they will carry out their plan to harm our ocean friends over 31 million times over the next 5 years! We are attending the California Coastal Commission hearing next week and your signature can help there also, as California is considering restricting the Navy’s plans! We are asking you to do 3 things right away:2deaddolphins

  1. Sign the petition and share it widely:


  1. Attend the California Coastal Commission hearing if you live nearby.
  2. Listen to (and share with your friends) the radio interview on this topic on “Your Call Radio” on Thursday, March 7th at 10 a.m. in San Francisco. You can also listen on the internet. Other shows on this issue are available on our Facebook page as well.

Details of the Coastal Commission hearing and the radio shows are on the Facebook page:(please “like” our page when you visit)


Our numbers are growing every day and the more people who are on board, the less we can be ignored. About 600,000 of you have signed the petitions and more than 2 million others have read about this issue as a result of your courageous sharing. We can change this trajectory and you are an integral part of that shift. We cannot do this without you! 

Thanking you in advance for your love and care about our natural environment. We are eternally grateful and so are our cetacean friends!

With Love and Respect for our Ocean Environment, 

Lyndia, Lance, Kim and Wes