December 5, 2012
by Peggy
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Virginia needs a container deposit law

I live in Charlottesville. It’s a beautiful part of central Virginia, but the state doesn’t have a container deposit system in place. Having lived in states where they do have deposits, let me tell you: you notice the difference right … Continue reading

May 7, 2012
by Peggy
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Marin’s Catchy Zero Waste Campaign

Marin County, California, situated just North of San Francisco on the San Francisco Bay, is well known for its natural beauty, its vast parks, protected coastlines, preserved farmland, and the passionate conservationists who fought for, and continue to defend, its … Continue reading

March 10, 2012
by Peggy
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Confusion Over “Green” Plastics Abounds

Everywhere you look, packaging and products proclaim they are green. But unfortunately the claims are often untrue.  There are two categories that are especially confusing to consumers: conventional fossil fuel plastics claiming that they are in some way eco-friendly, perhaps … Continue reading

January 1, 2012
by Peggy
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January 1st: Bag Ban Ordinances In Effect in Bay Area

Today marks the day that grocers in the unincorporated areas of Marin County will no longer be able to distribute single-use plastic bags. Recycled paper bags may be purchased for a five cent fee per bag.  The goal is to … Continue reading

October 30, 2011
by Peggy
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California’s AG sues bottled water companies for false claims

Last week, California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, filed suit in Orange County Superior Court to stop false labeling of bottled water products. (You can read the press release here: Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Sues Plastic Water Bottle Companies over … Continue reading

August 20, 2011
by John
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Lobby group influences CA public school curriculum to add the “positive side” of plastic bags

We were shocked, but not surprised, to see this story from the SF Chronicle – Plastic bag lobbying group influences curriculum.   The American Chemistry Council (a trade group that represents the interests of plastic manufacturers) has been using lawsuits … Continue reading