Sign a petiton to encourage a plastic bag reduction ordinance in NYC!

View the MoveON.org petition here.

Also please register at BagItNYC.org to get involved in NYC campaign & attend this event on June 24th with Council Member Brad Lander in Park Slope (event info pasted below):

Greenwood Baptist Church, 461 6th St. at the corner of 7th Ave
7:00 pm EST
Event to learn about single-use plastic
bag legislation being proposed in NYC, ask
questions, and find out how you can get
involved!

Dear Friends

On Monday June 24 at 7 PM, please join City Council Member Brad Lander, the Green Party of Brooklyn, Sierra Club, NRDC, No Impact Project, Citizens Committee for New York City, Sane Energy, NYC Friends of Clearwater, PlasticBagLaws.org and BagItNYC for an informative evening to learn about the massive environmental impact that single-use plastic bags have in NYC, and the NYC campaign to do something about it.

This free event will take place at Greenwood Baptist Church, at 461 6th Street at the corner of 7th Avenue in Park Slope.

MORE COSPONSORS ARE WELCOMED.

Speakers will include Council Member Brad Lander, who will be introducing legislation on plastic bags; Jennie Romer, who spear headed successful efforts in California to ban / restrict single use plastic bags and will discuss the various possible approaches (ban, fee, tax, etc); Colin Beavan (No Impact Man) and Carl Arnold (Sierra Club)

We will also air several short videos on plastic bags, including “The Immortal Plastic Bag,” a mini-documentary about plastic bags in NYC.

The event will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about this issue and find out how you can get involved with the plastic bag campaign in NYC.

Nationwide, only a small percentage of plastic bags are recycled. Instead, they end up sitting in landfills, littering streets, clogging streams, fouling beaches and trees, or floating in rivers and oceans. Over 267 different species, from seabirds to turtles, seals, sea lions, whales, and fish, have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of marine debris, including plastic bags. Plastic does not dissolve; it breaks into tiny pieces and stays there for up to 1,000 years.

Single use plastic bags have been banned or restricted in cities across the US, including California (75 local jurisdictions including LA County and San Francisco), Washington, DC and Austin, TX. In LA County, a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags and a 10-cent charge on paper bags lead to a 95% reduction in single-use plastic bags in the first year.

In a recent NY Times article, the city’s recycling director pointed out that “Plastic shopping bags are an enormous problem for New York City,” noting that the city pays $10 million annually to landfill 100,000 tons of plastic bags. When plastic bags are carelessly placed into recycling bins for general plastic — which they often are — the bags jam and damage expensive sorting machines, which cost huge amounts to repair.

For more information, please contact lilly@noimpactproject.org

 

Fundraiser for Plastic Research in the Ocean & Screening of Mini-Documentry About Plastic Bags in NYC

Thursday, May 30th  6:30-9:00pm

Fundraiser for Plastic Research in the Ocean & Screening of Mini-Documentary About Plastic Bags in NYC

Jennie Romer, founder of plasticbaglaws.org, will be sailing across part of the Atlantic Ocean in June (from Bermuda to Rhode Island) on a 72-foot sail boat with The 5 Gyres Institute to study single-use plastic pollution that has made its way from land to the middle of the ocean.  Jennie needs to raise $3000 for a spot on the boat and is thus holding this fundraiser.

Click here for more info about Jennie’s voyage & fundraising:  http://igg.me/p/413396/x/3338635

We will also be screening a mini-documentry about plastic bags in NYC and the filmmakers will also be in attendance.

Location:  Tutu’s Brooklyn, 25 Bogart Street, Brooklyn (2 blocks from the Morgan stop off the L train)

7:15pm:  screening of short film about 5Gyres voyages

7:30pm:  screening of “The Immortal Plastic Bag”, a mini-documentary about plastic bags in NYC

7:45pm:  PowerPoint presentation by Jennie Romer about plastic bag laws

8:00pm:  Q&A with the mini-doc filmmakers & Jennie

8:30pm:  silent auction & raffle with prizes from prizes from ChicoBag, Jai Yoga Arts, Mothering Mother Bags, Big Tree Bottles, Tutu’s, local artists, and more.

View the facebook invite here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/412121008886699/

Please RSVP via the fb event page or if you’re not on fb RSVP to jennie@plasticbaglaws.org.

If you would like to donate something to the silent auction/raffle, please let Jennie know (art, gift certificates – anything would be greatly appreciated).

Video: Discussion of plastic bag laws and marine plastic pollution at Enfield Public Library facilitated by Jennie of plasticbaglaws.org

Enfield, CT Public Library Talks Series: “The Seas of Plastic”
Facilitated by Jennie R. Romer, Esq.
April 24, 2013
Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwQge2aCiG4

Great basic discussion of how plastic bag reduction laws help address plastic pollution in the ocean.  The presentation by Jennie starts at 12:41, including a discussion of biodegradable plastic bags at 39:46.

Click here for more video content from plasticbaglaws.org.

New York Times Article About Plastic Bag Laws in the US

Today’s New York Times features an article about plastic bag laws in the US and a discussion about plastic bags in NYC with Ron Gonen, Mayor Bloomberg’s deputy commissioner of sanitation for recycling and waste reduction.

To get involved in the movement to adopt a plastic bag reduction ordinance (ban or fee) in NYC, please visit bagitnyc.org to register your support.  (Right now!)

Click here view a panel discussion about plastic bags in NYC, which took place at the Green Schools Alliance “Ban the Bag” conference at the Hewitt School in March.

View the full NYT article here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/sunday-review/should-america-bag-the-plastic-bag.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

Manhattan SWAB 2013: “Bag It” Screening and Plastic Bag Panel

Join the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) on May 13th for a screening of the film Bag It and panel discussion with:

Helena Durst, Member, MSWAB; and Durst Organization

Jennie Romer, Founder of plasticbaglaws.org and Atlantic Region Director of the Clean Seas Coalition

Ron Gonen, Deputy Commissioner, Recycling & Sustainability, Department of Sanitation, City of New York

More information:  http://swab2013bagit.bpt.me/

New York City Students Hold Conference to Discuss Plastic Bag Bans: Council Member Pledges to Introduce Legislation

Click here for a PDF of the official press release.

New York City, March 4, 2013 – On Saturday March 2, 2012, The Hewitt School’s Earth Committee and The Green Schools Alliance hosted a student conference focused on banning single-use plastic bags in New York City.  The conference was a call to action by students – and was a tremendous success. Read the rest of this entry »

Join the “Ban the Bag NYC” Conference for High School Students on March 2nd

Please join Jennie Romer, founder of plasticbaglaws.org, at the Green Schools Alliance’s “Ban the Bag NYC” on March 2nd at Hewitt School to discuss single-use plastic bag reduction ordinance options for New York City.  The All Star Panel also includes NYC Councilmember Brad Lander.  The conference is FREE and open to all high school students in NYC – register now!

BAN THE BAG CONFERENCE
Green Schools Alliance and The Hewitt School
Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Hewitt School, NYC

For more information here.
Registration: banthebagconference.eventbrite.com/#

 

BAN THE BAG CONFERENCE
Green Schools Alliance and The Hewitt School
Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Hewitt School, NYC

More information: here
Registration: banthebagconference.eventbrite.com/#

BAN THE BAG CONFERENCE
Green Schools Alliance and The Hewitt School
Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Hewitt School, NYC

More information: here
Registration: banthebagconference.eventbrite.com/#

BAN THE BAG CONFERENCE
Green Schools Alliance and The Hewitt School
Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Hewitt School, NYC

More information: here
Registration: banthebagconference.eventbrite.com/#

Recent “Study” Relating E.coli Infections To Plastic Bag Bans Is Misguided

Jennie R. Romer, Atlantic region director of the Clean Seas Coalition and founder of plasticbaglaws.org, was recently interviewed in a Huffington Post article regarding a recent study by UPenn’s Institute for Law and Economics entitled “Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness.”  The study related a spike in San Francisco hospital emergency room treatment due to E. coli infection to SF’s plastic bag ban. Romer insists that the study’s assertions are “completely ridiculous and unfounded.” Read the rest of this entry »

Using Categorical Exemptions for “Second Generation” Plastic Bag Bans in California: A Look at the Insightful San Luis Obispo County Ruling

In the wake of the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. Manhattan Beach Supreme Court decision that found that Manhattan Beach was justified in not preparing an EIR before adopting its ordinance, Save the Plastic Bag Coalition (SPBC) has seemed to have just enough wiggle room to keep many cities from moving forward with plastic bag ordinances (through threats of litigation) premised mostly on the vague language of a footnote in the Manhattan Beach decision that says  “appropriately comprehensive environmental review will be required” for larger cities.  The crux of SPBC’s argument under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was that plastic bag bans could have a significant negative impact on the environment because such bans could result in an increase of paper bag consumption. Read the rest of this entry »

City of San Jose Releases “Bring Your Own Bag” Ordinance Implementation Results

The City of San Jose (CA)’s “Bring Your Own Bag” ordinance was implemented January, 1, 2012.  With nearly one million residents, making San Jose the third largest city in California and tenth largest city in the U.S., many commentators viewed the City of San Jose’s ordinance as having the potential to significantly reduce plastic bag consumption.  In a November 2012 memorandum, nearly one year after implementation of the ordinance, the City of San Jose demonstrates that the ordinance has already been successful in reducing plastic bag consumption as well as plastic bag litter.  Specifically, the memo stated that “Numerous staff surveys, observations, and enforcement efforts demonstrate that the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance has been successful at affecting community norms towards shopping with reusable bags and reducing single-use plastic bag litter in City creeks and streets.” Read the rest of this entry »