At Darling Harbour in Sydney, on 21st May, the United Nations Year of Natural Fibres was officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tony Burke, and the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Dr Jacques Diouf. Visitors to Albury Enviro Bags who have read this blog or who have read our article on the United Nations Year of Natural Fibres will be well aware of our promotion of natural fibres for the production of Read More
It seems, according to a recent study by the plastics industry, that those environmentally popular reusable green bags may pose a health risk to consumers and checkout operators because of germs carried by unclean reusable bags. Headlines cry out "Cloth Bags Condemned as Plastic Fights Back ", Study Commissioned by Plastics Industry Says Reusable grocery Bags Dangerous ", "Back to Plastic? Reusable Grocery Bags May Cause Food Poisoning", and "Plastic Industry Fights Against Reusable Bags". Who wants to catch food Read More
From June 1st Target stores around Australia will no longer supply plastic shopping bags to customers. Instead, Target will make available to customers a range of reusable bags from $1.00ea to $2.99ea and compostable bags from 10c to 20c each. Although Target's move to ban plastic shopping bags follows a trend in local communities which has been going on for the past few years, a trend which I should add has long been preceded by the organic movement, according to Read More
At Albury Enviro Bags we support the use of natural fibres for the production of reusable shopping bags and for this reason we have been authorised to display the UN Year of Natural Fibres 2009 logo. In Australia the Year of Natural Fibres has an undeservedly low profile with little visible public support from governments and environmental organisations. In fact, when it comes to reusable bags it seems many politicians, environmental groups and major retailers have opted to support petrochemical Read More
From May 4th it became illegal for South Australian retailers to supply single use plastic bags unless they conform to the introduced standards for biodegradable compostable bags. Also acceptable of course, are the reusable "green bags". Retailers caught violating the ban face on the spot fines of $315 or a maximum penalty of $5000 while suppliers caught supplying bags which do not conform to the standard may face a penalty of $20,000. The ban is expected to remove 400 million Read More
Teenagers in Alaska, members of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA), are actively engaged in trying to preserve the pristine Alaskan environment. Amongst various environmental initiatives organised by these enterprising teenagers was the "Week Without Plastics" campaign which was the culmination of their "Rethink Plastics" campaign in 2008. The campaign was aimed at increasing the level of community awareness about the plastics problem and encouraging alternatives. The organiser or chair of the Rethink Plastics campaign was Zoe Fuller, a 15 Read More
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