If you haven’t ever seen pictures of dead baby birds with tons of plastic in their stomachs, click through here. These photographs, by Chris Jordan (Running the Numbers), were taken 2K miles from the nearest continent, but close enough to the giant fucking pile of plastic shit that swirls out by Hawaii. Oh and by the way, there’s another one off of Japan, too. One problem with a giant fucking pile of plastic shit twice the size of Texas and more than 30 feet deep is adult birds fly over it looking for food. When they see a tasty looking bottle cap, they scoop it up and feed it to their babies. Then the pictures linked to above happen. Take a look.
“By a vote of 9-1, San Jose City Council members asked city staff to draw up an ordinance Tuesday that would ban single-use plastic and paper carry-out bags from the cityâ€™s retail establishments by Jan. 1, 2011.”
“Yau said a recent opinion poll showed that over 90% of Hong Kong residents agreed with reducing the use of plastic bags and 80% said they would actively support the environmental levy scheme to handle the abuse of plastic bags.”
It’s Earth Day today and what better way to celebrate than to celebrate places that are making giant leaps forward in their care of the environment. Since August, I’ve been documenting areas, cities, countries, and in some cases, stores that have banned plastic bags. In that time, there have been 25 notable bans and one unfortunate reversal of a ban.
Hopefully by next Earth Day, there will be too many places to document, and maybe the year after that, it will be unnecessary to document because bans will be so commonplace.
The places that have banned bags are, in no particular order: Mexico City, Sigatoka Town, Fiji, Palo Alto, CA, Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kirkintilloch, Scotland, Greensboro, NCâ€™s Deep Roots Market, Malibu, CA, Los Gatos, CA, Toronto, Canada, South Australia, Fairfax, CA, New Delhi, India, Unlikely Words Â» Plastic Bag Ban – The Big Island, Hawaii,
Big Island, Hawaii, Red Sea, Egypt, Buenos Aires Province, Market of Choice, Westport, CT, Macedonia, Maui, Hawaii, Los Angeles, CA, Marshall County, Iowa (Unincorporated), Berkeley Farmersâ€™ Market, and Marikina, The Philippines.
“Ben Feldman, program manager of the Berkeley Farmersâ€™ Market, said that the move was in step with the marketsâ€™ zero-waste campaign which aims to reduce and recycle plastic materials and to recycle and compost all waste products generated at the markets.”