Saving our planet; one bag at a time

July 21, 2007

Renewable energy. Hope for the future.

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 2:16 pm

taking wind energy and converting it to Hydrogen to be saved and used when required
I came across this wonderful presentation today and want to share it with you. These guys are taking wind energy and converting it to Hydrogen to be saved and used when required. Sounds exciting and promising. See the film at the link!

Cause Marketing — Good guys finish first

Filed under: Branding, Environment — Kaajal @ 1:58 pm

Put your company's logo on these elegant and economical reusable bags
It’s a crowded marketplace out there. For every product or service you want to consider, there are hundreds of people you can choose from

How do you choose?

Other things being equal (product specs, convenience etc) you probably choose the people you feel the most trust in. Okay, having said that, how do you decide who to trust?

Remember, you are never going to have enough information and even if you did, you would never have the time to go through it – 99% of the time you end up taking a gut feel call.

You evaluate companies the same way you evaluate human beings.

If you see a human being do “good” things (help others, pick up trash, be considerate) you feel a greater sense of trust in them than people who just go through life focused on themselves with no time for others. Isn’t that true?

Works the same way for companies.

So, give your company the “trust” edge – associate yourself visibly with a good cause.

Put your logo on one of our eco friendly reusable fabric bags. What could be a better and more visible cause than the harm that plastic bags are doing to our planet? See the line at www.badlani.com/bags. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much your company’s logo on these elegant and economical reusable bags can improve your image.

July 17, 2007

Be worried. Be very worried, says TIME. I agree.

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 3:37 pm

Time Magazine on global warming

Want a fright? Read this article that appeared in Time Magazine as long ago as early 2006.

Like everyone else I had assumed that nature works in a slow and predictable manner. What I didn’t realise is that global climate systems are booby-trapped with tipping points and feedback loops, thresholds past which the slow creep of environmental decay gives way to sudden and self-perpetuating collapse.

Its all happening now. Heat waves, storms, floods, fires and massive glacial melts. It looks as though the global climate is collapsing around us.

It’s seen most acutely at the poles where the ice sheet is melting faster and faster. 53 cubic miles drained away into the sea last year alone, compared to 23 cubic miles in 1996.

Polar ice is so reflective that 90 percent of the sunlight that strikes it simply bounces back into space, taking its energy with it. Ocean water does just the opposite, absorbing 90 percent of the light and heat it receives, meaning that each mile of ice that melts vanishes faster than the mile that preceded it.

Now we know that permafrost, much of which has been frozen since the end of last ice age, at least 8,000 years ago is beginning to melt.

Sealed inside that cryonic time capsule are layers of partially decayed organic matter, rich in carbon. In high-altitude regions of Alaska, Canada and Siberia, the soil is warming and decomposing, releasing gases that will turn into methane and CO2.

The scale is frightening – the total human carbon output is 7 gigatons a year, while the permafrost has the potential to release 200 gigatons to 800 gigatons!

Polar bears are now starting to turn up drowned. They are running out of polar ice to swim to. Read the entire article here.

Can mankind do anything at all? Of course. Stop burning up so much fossil fuel to start with. Use more public transport and efficient cars and, use reusable fabric bags!

To make the plastic bags people use once and throw away, our planet burns up some colossal amount of petroleum.

What a silly use for a material whose greatest virtue is its long life. And then, because plastic is virtually indestructible except through incineration, the discarded plastic bags hang around earth forever.

Buy a reusable fabric bag instead and carry it with you. To make it easier we have numerous models that tuck into little pouches to make them easy to carry. http://www.badlani.com/bags

July 11, 2007

John Edward’s global warming/energy policy makes great reading

Filed under: Branding, Environment — Kaajal @ 3:34 pm

John Edwards

I’ve been following the US Presidential election campaign with great interest. Let’s face it, decisions and policies made there do affect our lives wherever we might be around the world. While both Hilary Clinton and Barak Obama appeal strongly, John Edwards stands out in my mind as being the most practical option. Here, I’ve reproduced his stated policy on global warming. I love what he’s saying – that the US must accept its responsibility and the polluters must pay. Here’s the paper which I originally read at his website.

Achieving Energy Independence & Stopping Global Warming Through A New Energy Economy

“Our generation must be the one that says, ‘we must halt global warming.’ Our generation must be the one that says ‘yes’ to renewable fuels and ends forever our dependence on foreign oil. And our generation must be the one that builds the new energy economy. It won’t be easy, but it is time to ask the American people to be patriotic about something other than war.” – John Edwards

Our generation must be the one that ends our nation’s dependence on oil and ushers in a new energy economy. We need energy independence from unstable and hostile areas of the world, from global warming pollution, and from the old ways of doing business. If we harness American ingenuity to reach for transformative change, we can emerge from the crisis of global warming with a new energy economy that stimulates innovation, brings the family farm back to life, and creates more than 1 million jobs in America’s farms and industries. Today, John Edwards called for America to embrace three great goals for this generation:

* Halt global warming by capping and reducing greenhouse gas pollution and leading the world to a new global climate change treaty.

* Create a new energy economy and 1 million new jobs by investing in clean, renewable energy, sparking innovation, a new era in American industry, and life in family farms.

* Meet the demand for new electricity through efficiency for the next decade, instead of producing more power.

As a result of the Edwards plan, by 2025 America will import 7.5 million fewer barrels of oil a day, produce 65 billion gallons of ethanol and other biofuels a year, generate 25 percent of our electricity from renewable sources, and produce more than 2 billion fewer tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year. Within a generation, America’s cars and trucks will be virtually petroleum-free.

Halting Global Warming by Capping Carbon Emissions

The planet has gotten nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit hotter over the past 30 years and will get another degree hotter due to greenhouse gas pollution already in the atmosphere. The ten hottest years on record have all occurred since 1990. If we don’t change course soon, we will see dramatic climate changes and a different planet. The last time the Earth was 4 or 5 degrees warmer — 3 million years ago — there was no ice in the Arctic and sea levels were 80 feet higher. [Hansen, 2/26/2007; NRDC, 2007]

* Earlier this year, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — an international network of over 2,000 climate scientists — concluded that evidence of global warming is “unequivocal” and human activity is “very likely” the cause. [NYT, 2/3/2007]

* Next month, the panel is expected to report that, without changes, within decades climate change could cause hundreds of millions of people to suffer water shortages and tens of millions to be flooded out of their homes annually. By 2080, hundreds of millions could starve. [AP, 3/11/2007]

The Edwards Plan:

* Cap and Reduce Global Warming Pollution: Edwards will set an economy-wide limit on the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. He will build on the precedent of the Clean Air Act of 1990 — which limited pollution causing acid rain through a sulfur dioxide cap-and-trade system — to reduce pollution in a cost-effective and flexible manner.

o Use Science to Set the Caps: Edwards will cap greenhouse gases at levels that the latest climate science has determined to be necessary to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. He will reduce greenhouse pollution by 20 percent by 2020, and reduce it by 80 percent by 2050.

o Make Polluters Pay: Edwards will auction off a portion of the pollution permits to raise $10 billion a year for a New Energy Economy Fund to jumpstart clean, renewable, and efficient energy technologies and create 1 million jobs. Other permits will be sold or given away.

* Lead the World toward a New Global Climate Change Treaty: Climate change is an international problem and the U.S. can never solve it alone. China is building the equivalent of one large coal-fired power plant a week and is expected to pass the U.S. as the world’s largest polluter of carbon dioxide in 2009. [NYT, 3/17/2007; WSJ, 3/3/2007]

To lead the world toward a new, effective climate change treaty, Edwards will:

o Make Our Own Commitments to Restore Our Moral Leadership: The U.S. has 4 percent of the world’s population but produces a quarter of its carbon dioxide emissions. It is one of only three developed nations that has refused to limit its greenhouse gas pollution. By adopting caps, Edwards will help the U.S. regain credibility in the world without sacrificing American competitiveness. [Irish Times, 2/14/2007; Greenwire, 10/31/2006]

o Involve Developing Economies: Any climate change treaty must include developing countries, which emit significant amounts of carbon and could otherwise serve as a haven for polluters. However, these nations are poorer than the U.S. and emit far less carbon per capita. To bring them to the table, Edwards will share America’s clean energy technology in exchange for binding greenhouse reduction commitments. If necessary, he will insist that strong labor and environmental standards in our trade deals include commitments on climate change. This new deal will require global participation, promote shared responsibility, and let American workers and businesses compete on a level playing field.

Creating the New Energy Economy and 1 Million Jobs

In the past, America squandered opportunities to lead the world in energy technology. Bell Labs invented the solar cell in New Jersey in 1954, but today 90 percent of solar panels are manufactured overseas. GM made the first modern electric car, but today Toyota and Honda lead the world in hybrid cars. Oil companies are slow to sell alternative fuels at their gas stations, while Brazil increased the share of new cars that run on ethanol from 4 percent to 70 percent in only three years. [Economist, 3/10/2007; HybridCars.com, 2007; GM, 2007; Edmunds.com, 2007; Khosla, 2006]

John Edwards believes that American entrepreneurs, farmers and manufacturers can lead the world in technology to generate clean, reliable energy and use it more efficiently. “Clean tech” is the hottest new area of venture capital funding. California-based Tesla Motors sells an electric roadster that gets 135 miles a gallon and can go from 0-to-60 in four seconds. In rural America, hundreds of small renewable energy companies are generating new jobs in ethanol and other biofuels, wind, and solar. The increased demand for the machinery of renewable energy — such as wind turbines, solar panels and biomass engines — is an opportunity to create “green collar” jobs and reenergize America’s manufacturing sector. [Newsweek, 6/21/2006; Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, 2006; Makower, Pernick, and Wilder, 2006; Apollo Alliance, 2006]

The Edwards Plan:

* Create the New Energy Economy Fund: To jumpstart our investment in the future, Edwards will create the $13 billion-a-year New Energy Economy Fund. The fund will be financed by greenhouse gas polluters through the sale of emission permits and by ending taxpayer giveaways for big oil companies, including special tax subsidies and sweetheart terms in offshore drilling leases. The resources will double the Department of Energy’s budget for efficiency and renewable energy, accelerate new energy technologies to market and help new businesses get started, encourage consumers to buy efficient products, and provide transition assistance to workers in carbon-intensive industries.

* Invest in Renewable Sources of Electricity: Renewable energy has been seen as socially desirable but costly. However, wind is already competitive with conventional sources in many markets. Solar could be competitive within three to eight years. [RAND, 2006; Economist, 3/10/2007]

o Make 25 Percent of Our Energy Renewable: Edwards will require power companies to generate 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. A large expansion of renewable energy can reduce costs under current trends, according to a 2006 RAND study. In Texas, a similar requirement achieved its goals quickly with negligible costs through the accelerated development of wind power. [RAND, 2006]

o Dedicate Resources to Renewable Energy: Edwards will double the Department of Energy research budget, allowing it to reduce the cost and accelerate the marketability of current technologies to put clean solar, wind, and biomass into more communities. He will also encourage private investment by making permanent tax credits for the production of renewable energy; they currently expire at the end of 2008.

o Maximize the Potential of Cleaner, Safer Coal: Coal will be an important source of U.S. and global electricity for decades, but it is responsible for more than 30 percent of America’s carbon dioxide emissions. Edwards will invest $1 billion a year to research ways to burn coal cleanly and recycle its carbon underground permanently. He will also strengthen mine safety laws to ensure it is mined safely. Two large power companies, TXU and American Electric Power, recently announced plans to build experimental plants to capture carbon. [NYT, 3/15/2007 and 3/17/2007; McFarland, Herzog, and Jacoby, 2007]

* Transform the Auto Industry to Lead the World in Cars of the Future: Edwards believes that everyone should be able to drive the car, truck or SUV of their choice and still enjoy high fuel economy. American automakers have the ingenuity to lead the world in building the clean, safe, economical cars of the future.

o Reduce Oil Imports by 7.5 Million Barrels a Day by 2025: America’s need for imported oil forces it to rely on unstable and even hostile countries. Edwards called for a national goal to reduce oil imports by 7.5 million barrels a day by 2025 – nearly a third of the oil projected to be used in 2025 — and get us on the path toward energy independence. [DOE, 2007]

o Help U.S. Automakers Modernize: Edwards will provide $1 billion a year to help U.S. automakers advance and apply the latest technology, including biofuels, hybrid and electric cars, hydrogen fuel cells, ultra-light materials, and drive train improvements. These resources will be financed from the New Energy Economy Fund and also help manufacturers meet higher fuel economy requirements. With a strong ethanol industry that includes cellulosic ethanol and hybrid and electric technology, American cars and trucks can be virtually petroleum-free within a generation.

o Produce 65 Billion Gallons of Ethanol a Year by 2025: However, although millions of ethanol-ready cars are on the roads, only about 600 of the 169,000 gas stations have pumps for E85, a blend of ethanol and gasoline. Edwards will require oil companies to install ethanol pumps at 25 percent of their gas stations and require all new cars sold after 2010 to be “flex fuel” cars running on either gasoline or biofuel. The New Economy Energy Fund will develop new methods of producing and using ethanol, including cellulosic ethanol, and offer loan guarantees to new refineries. [RAND, 2006; DOE, 2005; USDA, 2005]

o Raise Fuel Economy Standards: American cars and trucks are less efficient than they were two decades ago, despite the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. Standards in China, Japan, and the European Union are between 40 and 100 percent higher. Edwards will raise standards to 40 miles per gallon by 2016, a step that could single-handedly reduce oil demand by 4 million barrels per day. [Pew Center on Global Climate Change, 2004; Reicher, 2007]

* Open the Electricity Grids to Distributed and Renewable Generation: Traditionally, electricity has been produced at large, central power plants and transmitted through miles of power lines. Distributed generation of electricity promises reliable, clean, cost-effective production that is less vulnerable to natural disasters and attacks. Farms, factories, schools, and communities ought to be able to establish their own power sources and compete with traditional plants to sell wholesale capacity, as New England has pioneered. [DOE, 2000; New England ISO, 2006]

To open up the grid to innovation, Edwards will:

o Create Millions of Local Sources of Renewable Energy: Edwards will provide up to a $5,000 tax credit for homes and small businesses that invest in onsite generation of renewable energy like solar, wind, and geothermal power. He will also encourage local generation of renewable energy through “net metering,” which allows families to sell extra power back to utilities for credits against their electricity bills.

o Encourage Distributed Generation: Edwards will cut the red tape that hinders new energy producers from selling their power to the grid. He will require utilities to consider distributed generation as a means of lowering costs compared to new investments in centralized production and transmission.

o Research the Next Generation of Small Scale Renewable Energy: Edwards will invest in researching more profitable sources of renewable energy generation. For example, biomass engines producing both heat and power that can be three times more efficient than traditional distribution. [Hill, 2001]

Meet the Demand for More Electricity through Efficiency

Americans can get more power out of the electricity now available, typically at half the cost of producing more supply. Duke Energy CEO James Rogers calls efficiency the “fifth fuel,” and energy expert Amory Lovins says that “efficiency is cheaper than fuel.” Between 1977 and 1985, the economy grew by 27 percent while oil use fell by 17 percent. Once again, there are large energy savings possible today in energy generation, transmission, and use in homes, factories, and offices. For example, if every home installed five compact fluorescent lightbulbs, it would eliminate the need for 21 power plants. However, in our current system, utilities earn profits by selling power not meeting energy needs more efficiently. Ordinary Americans often lack the tools they need to use energy more efficiently. [ACEEE, 2006; Reicher, 2007; Globe and Mail, 2/24/2007; The New Yorker, 1/22/2007; McKinsey, 2006]

The Edwards Plan:

* Meet New Demand for Electricity through Efficiency for the Next Decade: Electricity demand is projected to increase by 1.5 percent a year between 2008 and 2018, on average. Edwards called for a national goal of meeting this demand by getting more power out of the electricity we use now, instead of producing more electricity. As a result, electricity use would be 15 lower by 2018 and renewable energy would have a better opportunity to gain market share. Increased efficiency includes managing peaks in demand and modernizing the electric grid and is largely achievable with current technology. [DOE, 2007; EPA Energy Star, 2006]

* Make Efficiency Profitable for Utilities: Most utilities profit from selling electricity, even when it would be cheaper to help their customers use less energy. Edwards will call on states to decouple utilities’ energy profits from sales, as California and nine other states have done, so they can focus on serving customer needs. States can also reward utilities for meeting green energy targets. [National Regulatory Research Institute, 2006]

* Expand Smart Meters and Smart Grids to Use Energy More Wisely: By simultaneously displaying energy use and price, smart meters encourage consumers to use less energy and to use energy when it can be generated less expensively. Utilities can also use information technology to monitor electricity demand, allowing them to plan their production more efficiently. [Nemtzow, 2007; Regulatory Assistance Project, 2006]

* Invest in Weatherized Homes and More Efficient Buildings and Appliances: Upgrading home furnaces, ducts, windows, and insulation can cut energy bills by 20 to 40 percent, year after year. However, the existing Department of Energy weatherization program reaches only 100,000 homes a year while more than 28 million remain eligible. Similarly, appliance efficiency standards have greatly reduced the energy use of refrigerators and air conditioners, but better use of the Energy Star program could save even more. Edwards will reverse the Bush budget cuts to the weatherization program and instead expand it to $500 million a year. He will call on states to create updated energy building codes. Finally, he will raise federal efficiency standards for appliances and maximize the potential of the Energy Star program by working to get more efficient appliances in stores and educating buyers and builders. [Reicher, 2007; ACEEE 2005]

* Reduce the U.S. Government’s Energy Use by 20 Percent and Make the White House Carbon Neutral. The U.S. government is the nation’s single largest energy consumer, with a $15 billion energy bill in 2005. However, its investments in energy efficiency have been cut in half since 2001. Edwards will overhaul federal buildings and vehicles to emphasize efficiency, reducing the use of energy by 20 percent, and expand the government’s use of renewable sources. After taking energy efficiency steps at the White House, he will purchase carbon offsets to make it carbon-neutral. [DOE, 2006; Alliance to Save Energy, 2007]

* Create GreenCorps: Idealistic young Americans can help fight climate change by conducting volunteer energy audits, weatherizing homes, installing home solar panels, and training neighborhood groups to do the same. Edwards will create a GreenCorps within AmeriCorps to create opportunities for them to serve.

July 7, 2007

Listen to your consumers. They want reusable fabric bags!

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 4:22 pm

Listen to the consumers. They want reusable fabric bags!

Deirdre Wexler of Hewitt, NJ, wrote this letter to the editor of the West Milford Messenger. This isn’t the only such letter being written. The US press carries hundreds of such letters, This just happens to be the I chanced upon.

Clearly, the people of the United States are a thinking lot, but equally clearly it appears that the corporate entities that supposedly serve them aren’t paying enough attention to what their clientele is saying. Nor is their government. Otherwise a plastax as Ireland imposed would have been in place all over the United States by now.

Here’s what she wrote, reproduced from the West Milford Messenger:

To the editor:

If you are like me, you can come up with a million reasons why you are unable to devote time, energy or money to help save our planet. We work full time, have a family and not much spare change to go around. Yet there is a very simple, inexpensive, and effective way to help reduce your negative impact on our environment n the use of reusable shopping bags.

I am sure most of you shop at either the local A & P or ShopRite for your weekly groceries. Most of us do not think twice about the plastic bags we use to bring our groceries home. After all, they are “free” and convenient. We can just throw them away once the groceries are put away. However, we should be thinking twice or even three times for that matter before we throw them into the trash. This simple bag is causing havoc with our environment in a multitude of ways. The cost of “free” is a heavy price.

Since their introduction into our lives in 1977, the world is now using about 500 billion bags a year. That breaks down to one million bags per minute. Yes, that’s right, one million plastic bags per minute the world over. The United States alone uses 100 billion of these bags annually. Most of these bags wind up in our landfills. According to The Wall St. Journal, only 1n3 percent of these bags are recycled. Plastic bags do not biodegrade. Instead, they photodegrade meaning that exposure to light only breaks them down into smaller particles. Photodegradation can take 10-20 years. They never go away completely. These particles then go on to contaminate soil and waterways.

In the meantime, many of them are blown into the air or are carried into our waterways. This is especially dangerous for many marine animals who ingest them after mistaking them for food. The National Geographic Institute estimates that over 100,000 marine animal deaths per year are directly related to ingestion of plastic bags. When ingested, these bags block the digestive system and cause starvation. Smaller particles act like sponges and absorb concentrated chemicals that can poison marine life. They wrap around living corals, suffocating and killing them. Plastic bags are also used as rafts for alien species to travel long distances across oceans where they can become invasive and upset fragile ecosystems. On land, animals like goats and cows ingest them while foraging for food. They can also find their way into sewer pipes and drains, clogging them causing flooding and stagnant, water-borne diseases.

There are other important reasons to replace plastic bags with reusable bags. These bags are made from the waste products of oil refining. To manufacture 100 billion bags (the amount used by the U.S. annually), 12 million barrels of oil are required. This further increases our dependency on foreign oil. The production and recycling processes contribute to air and water pollution and global warming. Plastic products that enter the waste stream put a tax burden on our local communities in the collection, hauling and landfill disposal of these products.

An average family will accumulate 60 bags in only four visits to the grocery store. The use of one reusable bag has the potential of eliminating 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime. Imagine what we can do in our community. Reusable bags can be bought at the A & P or ShopRite for approximately one dollar. You will not be required to give of your time or energy, just a very small financial investment and you will be making a major contribution to making the world a better place.

Deirdre Wexler, Hewitt

Deirdre, I couldn’t agree with you more. Buying reusable fabric bags is the way to go.

But I disagree that the lowest priced option is the best one. That one dollar bag is probably made from nonwoven polypropylene which tears rather soon, so it is better to get bags made from cotton, jute or polyester (which may not be a natural fiber but lasts and lasts). A nice selection is shown on our website at http://www.badlani.com/bags

July 6, 2007

We do get the most wonderful customers, don’t we?

Filed under: Branding, Happy customers — Kaajal @ 5:22 pm

We do get the most wonderful customers, don't we?

When Dr.Stafford at Tufts University wanted cotton bags for a conference she searched the net and found us amongst many others and even though we were located in India, she decided to check us out.

The quality of mails she received quickly set to rest the initial qualms she had about people located so far away.

When the bags arrived she was so happy with them that she had a colleague hold up the bag for a photo which she sent us with a mail offering to give us a reference if we ever needed one.

Thanks so much, Dr.Stafford. You made our day!

What to do with 19 billion plastic bags?

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 1:36 pm

What to do with 19 billion plastic bags?

The Sacramento Bee has an article that asks an important question: What to do with 19 billion plastic bags? It’s not a rhetorical question. That’s how many of the ubiquitous carrying sacks Californians collect from their shopping habits every year.

Some of us try to find creative ways to reuse the lightweight pouches before they finally head into the garbage can. Others simply toss them away as soon as the groceries are unloaded. Recycling this resource as we recycle glass beer bottles or plastic milk jugs is too difficult. Too few retailers have made it easy to return the bags to a visible recycling location.

That may well have changed, thanks to a new state law that took effect at the beginning of this month. This law may mark the beginning of a new effort to recycle more and more plastic items or encourage the industry to find other materials that are easier on the planet than something that comes from oil.

The new plastic bag recycling initiative comes from Democratic Assemblyman Lloyd Levine of Van Nuys. His legislation, Assembly Bill 2449, set up a plastic bag recycling program at most grocers and other large retail outlets. The stores must now have a recycling bin for the plastic bags in some prominent, visible location. This kind of legislation should be commonplace in a nation with so much shopping. Sadly, AB 2449 is the first of its kind in the country. And it took some worrisome compromises to get it enacted.

In California, cities frequently take the lead when it comes to pushing for more recycling. In this case, AB 2449 prohibits a city from going after plastic bags by assessing a fee on their use. Consumers will get no refunds back for returning all their plastic bags. Nor will they have to pay a small recycling fee when a retailer uses these bags.

These were the prices that Levine had to pay in order to get the bill through the Legislature and signed by the governor. This is incremental progress, but progress nonetheless.

California has been resting on its laurels for too long on the recycling front. Back in 1989, a state senator from Palo Alto named Byron Sher pushed through legislation that required local governments to reduce the waste at landfills by 50 percent. This was a very ambitious goal, yet it resulted in the kinds of recycling (bottles, cans, yard waste) that Californians now take for granted.

This goal was achieved without much recycling of plastics. AB 2449 is a small step toward setting another goal of equal ambition: finding ways to shop that aren’t so taxing on the planet. Get ready to look for those recycling bins in the retail establishments and keep an eye on that mound of plastic bags that is bulging in the pantry. Its days should be numbered.

California should learn a lesson from Ireland which taxed plastic bags 15 cents and cut usage within one year. The Irish aren’t really shopping less, they are just carrying reusable bags with them, that’s all.

And reusable bags aren’t expensive at all as can be seen at www.badlani.com/bags and they can be really stunning to look at in addition to being probably the most cost effective advertising and promotional medium in the world!

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