California is the first state to ban the plastic bag!

California Plastic Bag Ban Would Be First Of Its Kind In The Nation

Posted: Huffington Post 08/30/2014 4:00 am EDT Updated: 08/30/2014 10:59 am EDT
CALIFORNIA PLASTIC BAG

By Aaron Mendelson

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug 30 (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America.

A number of cities and counties in California and other U.S. states, including Hawaii’s Maui County, have made it illegal for grocery stores to pack purchases in plastic. But at the state level, opposition from plastic bag makers has usually prevailed.

The California Senate voted 22-15 for the bill, which must be signed into law by Sept. 30 by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has not signaled a position on the measure.

"Single-use plastic bags not only litter our beaches, but also our mountains, our deserts, and our rivers, streams and lakes," said state Senator Alex Padilla, who sponsored the bill.

Padilla backed a similar measure last year but it failed by three votes. The fate of this bill was uncertain until the waning hours of the session after falling three votes short in the state’s Assembly on Monday.

But after picking up the support of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the bill passed a second vote in the Assembly.

The measure would ban grocery stores from handing out single-use grocery bags with customers’ purchases, and provide money to local plastic bag companies to retool to make heavier, multiple-use bags that customers could buy.

Environmentalists have pushed for banning plastic bags, which are cheaper for supermarkets to use than paper bags, but create mountains of trash that is difficult to recycle. In California, there is particular concern that the bags, when swept out to sea, could harm ocean life.

After the defeat of his earlier bill, Padilla won the support of some California-based bag makers by including the funding for retooling. But in recent months, out-of-state manufacturers campaigned against the bill, even producing television advertisements targeting Padilla, who is running for secretary of state.

Cathy Browne, general manager at Crown Poly, a plastic bag manufacturer in Huntington Park, California, said the bill would lead to layoffs at companies like hers.

More than 10 billion plastic bags are used in California each year, according to an estimate by Californians Against Waste, an advocacy group supporting the bill. (Writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Sharon Bernstein and Mark Heinrich)

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Turn your empty bottles into Underground credits! HOW AWESOME IS THIS?

In Beijing, commuters now have the opportunity to trade in their empty plastic bottles for subway credit, offsetting the costs of travel and the costs to the environment.

This is a prime example of innovation in the sustainable arena. Not only does a system like this enable commuters to dispose of plastic waste in an environmental way, but it also allows them to save money by doing good. 

Then again, in an ideal world, we would have no plastic bottles in the first place! Wouldn’t it be great if, instead, every time you filled up a reusable bottle, you got subway credits?

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Pistachio and Pickle is home to an excited collected of pantry favourites such as Rubies in the Rubble jams & chutneys [We love them because they’re social!].

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The cute converted Terrace house also has a secret garden perfect for a summer picnic! Although the shop is not located near the tube station, the short walk up Liverpool Road is definitely worth it for the delicious goodies in store.

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The 10 most expensive bottles of water EVER!

Would you pay a fiver for an Evian? We tracked down the 10 most expensive bottles ever sold. Although not all of them are still around for your drinking pleasure (what a shame!), we thought that they belonged in this Hall of Fame/Shame/Whatever you would like to call it. I also converted all the prices to GBP. Considering our recent booming exchange rate, imagine how expensive these bottles could have been!

10. ELIE SAAB & Evian – £5


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French water company Evian (which ironically spells naïve backwards), launches a new special edition bottle of water each year. This year, they collaborated with Elie Saab, to grace us with a bottle which is perfect by nature. The aim is to look like the 1 year old version of yourself like in the adverts. 

9. Tasmanian Rain – £6.50

 Tasmanian Rain

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Tasmanian Rain is a bottle of premium rainwater that is sourced from Tasmania. Who would have thought? Launched in the United States in 2009, you can actually find this water in hotels and restaurants. There is some science here, apparently. Tasmania is an Australian island that is known for having the cleanest air on the entire planet according to the World Meteorological Organization. 

8. Aquadeco – £7

Aquadeco water

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According to AquaDeco, their goal is to find spring water so pure that it doesn’t only sustain your life, but improves your life expectancy. Immortal Water,kids - it’s the future!

7. 10 Thousand BC – £8.20

 To get to the secure, environmentally protected watershed from which this water is collected, one must travel through the Desolation Sound in the Coastal Glacier Mountain Range. Fancy huh?

6. Veen – £13.50

Veen Water

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Veen water is said to be so unusually smooth that it is a surprise each time you take a sip of the water. Sounds a bit similar to what people say about vodka shots, but I usually remain a tad disappointed with the smoothness.

5. Hawaiian Deep Seawater – £20

Hawaiian Deep Seawater

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This desalinated sea water is collected from 2,000 feet below the surface of the ocean off the Big Island of Hawaii. Known for it’s weight loss, stress reducing, and skin improving qualities this water is most exclusively found in Japan. You will look like the little ladies in this picture after a couple of swigs. 

4. Bling H2o – £23.60

Bling H2o

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Apparently this is some of the cleanest water from a Tennessee spring. Bling H2o, created by Kevin G. Boyd is a brand of water that uses Swarovski crystals to highlight the luxuriousness of the frosted bottle, setting a theme for the rest of the bottles yet to grace us with their presence.  

3. Hello Kitty Fillico – £60

Hello Kitty Fillico

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Wow. Nothing needs to be said here.

2. Fillico Jewelry Water – £130

Fillico Jewelry Water

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A favourite amongst celebrities who like shiny things, this Fillico Jewelled Water bottle is covered in Swarovski crystals placed in pretty patterns. The water is produced in Osaka, Japan, however the shape reminds me of the coloured sand bottles that I could create in a market on Blackpool Beach.

1. Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani (Solid Gold Bottle) – £35,500

Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani (Solid Gold Bottle)

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In case these other “semi-affordable” bottles of water didn’t peak your interest enough, maybe a £35,500 bottle of water will. Yes. £35,500. That isn’t a typo! . This bottle of water is made 24 karat solid gold, making it not just a thirst quencher, but a substantial asset investment. You can also find this bottle of water in gold matte, silver, silver matte, and crystal variations. Each bottle of this luxurious water comes with a leather case. The water is also gold standard. No, really - it actually has five milligrams of gold dust inside of it.

Moral of the story: Save up for your mortgage by sticking to tap!

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