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originally posted by: RoryRahl23
a reply to: eletheia
The fruit and veg' carriers would definitely be better, but if I tried to take one of those out of the shopping centers around where I live I'd get tackled to the floor.
Now that’s intriguing. When I was in India in 2001, we sat on the ground and used bowls and plates formed of leaves and dried. Of course we ate everything with our fingers .... butvthe bowks and plates were bio and we put them in a large pile to be disposed of. That was in the ashram. Different story in the restaurants.
originally posted by: dug88
a reply to: JAGStorm
Or at the very least why not biodegradable hemp plastic?
We've been able to make biodegradable cellulose based plastic out of a bunch of things for a while now. Why are we still making plastic out of oil?
“We’re searching for the right combinations of genetics and cropping systems that can be effective for Florida,” said Brym. “We are also watching out for environmental and economic risks that might get in the way of our farmers’ success.”
The industrial hemp program is still in its infancy stage, with a lot of work to be done in regards to infrastructure, state and federal regulators and relevant partners for a commercialized crop.
Byrm said that he has already held workshops with more than 300 people interested in growing hemp commercially across the state.
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originally posted by: JAGStorm
Yet again Illinois is taxing something. This time they want to tax plastic bags, but Chicago would be exempt.
They would be the first in the nation to have this tax.
No U.S. state currently collects a statewide plastic bag tax. Link’s 7-cent checkout bag charge would be distributed as follows: 2 cents per bag flows to the retailer 2 cents per bag flows to the state’s general revenue fund 3 cents per bag flows to a new state-level Checkout Bag Tax Fund
So here is my problem with this. Most retailers already budget in bag fees. They are in essence double dipping.
Most bags they make today aren't worth 1/2 a cent. Very few retailers have bags that are even re-usable anymore. They are so darn flimsy they barely make one trip. We have one grocery chain here that makes super thick bags. You can use them at least a dozen or so times. Maybe they need to make the bags more reusable. The reusable bags that stores sell are terrible. They are barely fabric and are known to harbor e coli and other pathogens.
My solutions............... Hemp bags, tons and tons of hemp bags. When they have finished their shelf life customers can compost them.
Or other natural material. I know that cotton can be bad environmentally, so maybe something like hemp, jute, burlap.
Maybe we can even figure a way to use kudzu or other invasive plant and make bags out of them.
Maybe we have plastic pods and carriers and you are charged a rental fee, but get that back when you bring them back in.
We go back to the old days and use baskets, glass and wood. I remember when most foods were in glass, and it tasted sooooo much
better! Plastic and food is a bad mix!