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Plastic pollution. An interactive plastic bag ban map

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Plastic bags are such a menace to our ecosystem, and cause more harm than good. They don’t actually biodegrade. Instead, they photo-degrade, they simply break down into smaller and smaller toxic pieces that contaminate our soil, waterways, and inadvertently enter our food supply when animals accidentally ingest them.

They are responsible for unsightly litter, flooding, the degradation of soil, creating an unnecessary expense for businesses, wasting petroleum which is a non-renewable resource and thus causing deaths of hundreds of  animals a year.

Many cities have taken the plastic bag problem into their own hands by either banning them or charging the consumer a fee per disposable bag, and even individual stores have taken it upon themselves to charge a fee for plastic bags, if no ban has been implemented in their area. I am personally fascinated by the amount of cities across the world that have actually successfully banned plastic bags, and  reduced their plastic footprint.

Factory Direct Promos created a very interesting Interactive Bag Ban Map describing the evolution of various cities that have implemented a plastic bag tax after a ban has failed, or how  some cities were able to implement a collaborative campaign that lead to a successful, disposable bag ban.

The map will be continuously be updated with new information about plastic bag bans in the various cities. They want to inspire and educate the public on this important environmental issue.

Click on the different colored pins on the map, and see the different areas that have a plastic bag ban in effect, have failed at the ban or simply have a plastic bag usage fee.

Do you think banning plastic bags is the solution to our plastic bags problem?

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6 Responses to Plastic pollution. An interactive plastic bag ban map

  1. Shane@EnviroBooty November 20, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Awesome map and a great way to get an idea about how bag bans work and come about. There is always a lot of talk about how people should not be forced by the government to not use plastic bags but when left to choose, the majority of consumers do not know how awful they are to the environment and wildlife so they keep using.

  2. connie curtis November 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I think they work.. otherwise people just trash them and they blow around every where.. I am a stand we get the food places to not use them either..

  3. Lori Popkewitz Alper November 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Such a great visual Stephanie. I love how it’s interactive. You raise an interesting question-does a ban solve the plastic problem? My thoughts-education and information are the fundamental ways to begin creating a solution. This infographic is a step in the right direction. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Cyndia Montgomery November 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    I think a ban coupled with educational programs would work. Most people don’t realize how harmful they are. In fact, my experience has been the lower the socio-economic level, the more plastic is used.

  5. Nick November 23, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    I tell you, this idea sounds a lot worse when you’re walking your groceries home in the pouring rain and your paper bags completely disintegrate. Plastic is actually justified sometimes.

    I think a better solution is to reduce the use of “disposable” bags altogether, regardless of the material they’re made from. Recycling paper is an environmental disaster. It’s just slightly less of one than making new paper. Recycling isn’t good for the environment, it’s just slightly less horrible. If we want to actually make a difference instead of just feeling like we are, we need to start looking honestly at the whole picture AND BE WILLING TO ACTUALLY GIVE SOME STUFF UP THAT’S REALLY CONVENIENT instead of just going “recycling good” and “zomg plastic bad”. Even harder might be giving up the identity of “I’m better than other people because my convenience crutch is very slightly less horrible than theirs”–that one, IMO, is the real enemy of meaningful change and therefore meaningful impact. What are you willing to give up?

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    I think a ban coupled with educational programs would work. Most people don’t realize how harmful they are. In fact, my experience has been the lower the socio-economic level, the more plastic is used.
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    Behavioral economics does not seem to agree with you, and you can prove it to yourself: look up the total amount of energy and environmental damage required to mine, process, synthesize, and manufacture the materials required to make the computer or phone you typed that on. Then do the same for disposing of all of its components when it reaches the end of its useful life. Once you know, will you use it until it dies and never get another or will you replace it because using it is convenient?

    • Good Girl Gone Green November 30, 2012 at 9:27 am #

      First I do not use paper bags or plastic bags. I have cloth bags I use over and over again. I agree we need to stop using disposable bags all together. No one is perfect and I do the best I can. By writing my blog I am educating and hopefully helping people along their green journey.

      Yes I will use my computer until it completely dies. I had a laptop for 8 years and 2 of those years it had to be plugged into the wall. I just figured it still works why buy another.

      I don’t appreciate the tone of your comment. You don’t know anything about we and how I live. Did you know I do done full year without creating almost zero wastes, and didn’t buy anything except some organic clothing for my growing daughter? And we still live this way.i buy in bulk etc. I think we all do the best that we can and educating and having a ban on plastic bags would be a good step.
      what do u do that makes u seem better than everyone else?

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