Archive for August, 2009

Seattle Votes Down Fee on Bags

To much of our disappointment, Seattle has voted against a bag fee. Please see below, a short article from the New York Times on the subject:
Published: August 19, 2009
SEATTLE — A proposed 20-cent fee on plastic and paper bags at many retail stores in this city was headed for defeat in a voter referendum here late Tuesday. The proposal, which was intended to reduce pollution by encouraging reusable bags, was rejected as the debate over shopping bags has become prominent in several cities and states. “Why are we going to lose it?” Rob Gala, a city council staff member and a volunteer spokesman for those in support of the fee, said as initial returns showed the proposal failing by a wide margin. “We’re going to lose it because more people are concerned about their cost of living than what they take their groceries home in.” “We see this is a disappointing setback,” Mr. Gala said, “but by no means the end of the larger effort to clean up consumer choices.” The Tuesday vote, conducted by mail, came a year after the city council here approved a 20-cent fee. The council measure had been slated to become law but a petition drive, financed largely by the plastic bag industry, forced the issue onto the ballot. The industry spent $1.4 million in an advertising campaign in the weeks before the vote.

Cool Packaging

We found an awesome slideshow on and had to share some of these cool packaging concepts with you: *click pictures to enlarge view*

Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Consumers can reduce their carbon footprint with their shopping choices:


• Reduce your packaging: Buy bulk or concentrated products.


• Recycle the amount of batteries you use and use batteries with reduced mercury.


• Select reusable products over disposable ones — use washable tableware, cloth napkins and dishcloths instead of paper towels when possible.


• Reuse products such as newspaper, boxes and shipping materials.


• Recycle car batteries, antifreeze and motor oil at participating recycling centers.


• Buy products made from recycled material.


• Compost — food scraps and yard waste can become natural soil conditioners.


Source: Environmental Protection Agency 

Reusable bags: What are you seeing on the streets?

With the upcoming 20 cent fee on the Seattle ballot, the Seattle times is prompted readers to upload pictures of their favorite reusable bags. Check out this link from Seattle Times: Upload some of your favorites- we would love to see them!
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