Tuesday, January 4

Green Tip Tuesday - Bag Ban


We are closer! This is so exciting for me... The Bag Monster is coming to Brownsville, Texas. Brownsville is about 45 minutes from where I live. He is coming to make a visit because Brownsville is the first state to put a city wide ban on plastic bags! There was many events last year where they gave out reusable bags and educate the public about the ban. It goes into effect tomorrow, January 5th. If you still want to or forget your reusable bags you will be charged $1!
That is incentive enough for me to use a reusable bag. Places like medical offices and dry cleaners won't be included in the ban and anyone who does not comply can face up to $500 in fines. The City of Brownsville put together FAQs, you can view them HERE.

Tomorrow there will be a Commissioners meeting and that's where the Bag Monster will speak and I plan on attending. I want to take some video, not sure if we will be allowed, but I will definitely take some pics!

"We want to have a beautiful city,” Commissioner Edward Camarillo said. “We want to make sure that we take care of the environment."
The ordinance against the so-called “urban tumbleweeds,” which is what they are will hopefully go down and merchants from the big-box national retailers on down are on board with a mix of reusable bags for sale. That's in addition to the tens of thousands of bags given away at community events last year.
“We've got national support for a local cause,” said Rose Timmer, executive director of Healthy Communities of Brownsville, the nonprofit group that championed the ban. Rose has been interviewed by many national TV news and newspapers from around Texas and the States. Brownsville was also contacted by Austin, Texas to see how they can also get everything in order for a ban in that area.
You can read more about the ban here at MySanAntonio.com. You can show your support of the Bag Monster on his blog or by buying a Chico Bag (I have mine). Also stop by Rose Timmer's facebook page and give her and her community a pat on the bag for this huge change!
Here's a video I found in an article:

2 comments:

  1. Love it! I posted that video on facebook a while back. Would you believe that no one watched it? Well, f they did, they didnt say anything but I dont think anyone took the time. The apathy just kills me!

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  2. I love using reusable bags. I have a couple myself, and they work pretty well over plastic any day.

    Hi, I am following you from the Green Hop! :) Would love it if you followed me at http://sophieandmomma.blogspot.com

    Thank you for your post! :) A good reminder for me to put my reusable bags back in my car again before my next trip!

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