Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
- Wastes Resources. Single-use, disposables of any type is a wasteful use of valuable resources. Respecting the natural world and its natural resources is an important ethic to encourage.
- Switch to Reusable Bags. When the local Sierra Club submitted the ordinance the title was “Encouraging Reusable Bags and Prohibiting the Use of Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bags.” They chose that title for a good reason. Switching to more sustainable reusable bags is the goal.
- Many Cities are Banning Bags. In California, there are 42 cities and 6 counties that have plastic bag bans. All have a price requirement except for 4 cities. In Washington, five of six cities have passed a plastic bag ordinance.
- Business Support. Corporations and businesses are not automatically against sustainability or environmental concerns. Sixty local downtown Corvallis businesses and the Northwest Grocery Association (which represents the large grocers) have signed letters of support for the ordinance. This is a testimony to the fact that this ordinance is both good business and good environmental stewardship. Business interests and environmental interests are not naturally in opposition.
- An Incentive Cost on Paper Bags: This accomplishes many goals, and prevents negative outcomes such as the following:
- Costs will Rise. Paper bags are more expensive than plastic. Without a pass-through fee on paper, the grocer’s paper bag costs will go up, which will be passed onto the customer in higher merchandise costs.
- Single-use Habit Not Changed. Studies have shown that people go from single-use plastic to single-use paper. This does not change the single-use issue.
- Less incentive for Reusable Bags. Without a pass-through cost, people have less incentive to go to reusable bags.
- Disposable ethic reinforced. “Free” single-use items reinforce our wasteful, disposable ethic. Without a cost for paper, it does little to change the culture around the use of disposable shopping bags.* Making the cost apparent will start to turn this around.
- Environmental Impact. With "free" single-use paper bags, it makes non-plastic more acceptable. Therefore people move to single-use paper bags, despite potentially higher environmental and GHG impacts even when paper bags are recycled.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
- to ban single-use plastic checkout bags
When: Monday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.
And, because of the environmental and economic impacts. Plastic bag pollution is in communities throughout the country. Plastic lasts for hundreds of years in our environment and may never biodegrade in the ocean. As a result, it poses a persistent threat to wildlife, killing millions of marine animals like sea turtles and sea birds every year.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Yesterday, Suzanne Lazaro told the Bag Monster's story to Corvalllis City Council. Here's an excerpt from the Bag Monster's speech:
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Today the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club, with the Bag Monster, presented to the Administrative Services Committee (ASC) 1,111 citizen petitions in support of the ordinance to reduce single-use plastic waste in Corvallis.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Students from Oregon State University's GEO 300 class gave a presentation on Bag It Corvallis at the Corvallis High School yesterday.
For more info on the current state of the campaign, check out today's story in the Gazette-Times: City staff: Don't push plastic bag ban
The City Council’s Administrative Services Committee met today to discuss the ban. Stay tuned and wish us luck...
Monday, May 7, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
"Plastic pollution in ocean likely underestimated, researchers say"
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
- The Bag Monster will be at the Farmer's Market each Saturday, asking people to sign post cards in support of the ordinance.
- Tabling at Corvallis Environmental Center's Earth day Costume Party. We will have a stuff-the-reusable-bag contest with the Bag Monster. We will educate and get people to sign post cards.
- Tabling at OSU’s Earth Day Fair. We will get people to sign post cards with the Bag Monster.
- OSU students tabled on the EU quad in front of the Valley Library on April 17. The Bag Monster was a big hit (check it out). They talked to students and handed out postcards for people to send in support of the ordinance.
- First United Methodist Church, 1165 Northwest Monroe Avenue, Corvallis. The film follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags and discovers its negative effects.
- The OSU students are canvassing Corvallis businesses explaining the single-use plastic bag issue and getting support for the ordinance.
- We are continuing to reach out to businesses in April.
- OSU students are putting together a presentation to explain, show, and answer questions regarding the environmental issues of single-use plastic. They will present to OSU and Corvallis high schools, April 14 to May 26.
- We need volunteers to help with the website.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
What: Free showing of the movie Bag It
When: Thursday, March 29
Where: First Alternative Co-op, South Store, 1007 SE 3rd St., Corvallis
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Important Note: The City of Corvallis is gathering public information on Tuesday, April 3 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe. Come show your support for banning single-use plastic checkout bags to encourage reusable bags!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club will also be showing the award-winning environmental documentary "Bag It" on Friday, March 23. "Bag It" follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest starts out small, Jeb soon learns that the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers, and ultimately human health.
The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about 12 minutes each. This single-use mentality has led to the formation of a floating mass of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean gyre, which in some places outnumber plankton 40 to 1. The film explores these issues and identifies how our daily reliance on plastic threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health, too. Two of the most common plastic additives are endocrine disruptors, which have been shown to link to cancer, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity, and infertility.
'Bag It' Screening: Sunday, March 23
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Screening Location: Benton County Library
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Pictured: Dave Matthews of Environment Oregon joined Bag It Corvallis to canvass businesses on Monday.
Below is a copy of the letter of support that we are asking local businesses to sign:
Mayor Julie Manning and Corvallis City Council
501 SW Madison Ave. PO Box 1083
Corvallis, OR 97339-1083
RE: Corvallis Ordinance: “Encourage Reusable Bags and Ban Single-use Plastic Carryout Bags”
Dear Mayor and City Council:
We the undersigned business owners and small businesses in Corvallis, Oregon value the natural beauty of our state and want our environment and coasts to stay pristine. We want to express our support of a Single-Use Checkout Plastic Bag Ban here in Corvallis for the following reasons:
1. Cost Incentive. Retailers spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to provide single-use bags to customers. For example, some supermarkets spend up to $1,500 to $6,000 a month just to provide single-use bags to their customers at check-out. Many major grocery stores realize this significant cost burden and offer discount incentives to customers who bring their own bags.
a. Stores typically pay 2 to 5 cents per plastic bag and 5 to 9 cents per paper bag. This can add up.. Therefore a minimal cost incentive of 5-cents per paper bag is reasonable. It is an incentive for people who forget their canvas bag, and to partially compensate retailers.
2. Environment. As businesses, we are also concerned with the environmental and economic impacts of plastic bag pollution in inland and coastal communities throughout the country. Americans use an estimated 102 billion single-use plastic bags every year.
a. The decision to recycle our way out of this problem is a false option. Despite efforts to expand recycling programs, a small percentage of single-use plastic bags are recycled. The rest of these bags end up in our landfills; as litter, clogging storm-drain systems; or make their way to our waterways and ocean.
b. It is estimated that 60–80% of all marine debris, and 90% of floating debris is plastic. Plastic lasts for hundreds of years in our environment and may never biodegrade in the ocean. As a result, it poses a persistent threat to wildlife, killing millions of marine animals like sea turtles and sea birds every year.
3. It’s Time. Portland has banned single-use plastic checkout bags, and cities across the state are moving forward with their own initiatives. Now is the time for Corvallis to demonstrate similar leadership in support of a sustainable future for all people and our natural environment.