NYC Plastic Bag Law Being Challenged. Steps you can take today! Action Steps to Take Today.

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Action Alert: The NY Senate bill to block implementation of NYC’s #BYOBag law is likely to be voted on today (Tues, Jan 17th).

  • Call your Senator.
  • Call and Email your Assembly Person.

#CallYourSenator to express your opposition to S362. Now more than ever it’s time to #ProtectLocalVictories and #EndPlasticPollution!

Find your Senator – Go to https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator and type in your address, call the phone number for the legislative office (preferably during business hours but you can leave a message after hours).

You can use this: Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent in Senator ______’s district. My address is _______. I’m calling to express my opposition to Senate Bill 362. The bill would preempt NYC’s BYOBag law that’s set to go into effect February 15th. NYC’s law was the result of years of advocacy and compromise and NYC deserves a chance to show that it works. I urge Senator _______ to oppose S362. Please let me know the Senator’s position on the S362, my phone number is _______. Thank you.

Find your Assembly Person – Go to http://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/ and type in your address, call the phone number for the legislative office (preferably during business hours but you can leave a message after hours).

Call and Email your Assembly person in opposition to the Assembly Bill A1750 which is the same bill as Senate Bill 362

Script you can use: Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent in Assemblymember ______’s district. My address is _______. I’m calling to express my opposition to Assembly Bill 1750. The bill would preempt NYC’s BYOBag law that’s set to go into effect February 15th. NYC’s law was the result of years of advocacy and compromise and NYC deserves a chance to show that it works. I urge Assemblymember  _______ to oppose A1750. Please let me know the Assemblymember ’s position on the A1750, my phone number is _______. Thank you.

Note: The Senate has the votes, but the Assembly is where we can stop this thing!

Social Media

Tweets for Senators

  • NY Senate expected to vote on bag bill! Call your Senator to OPPOSE 362 & protect NYC’s #BYOBag law. #StopPreemption http://bit.ly/2j2P2rW

Tweets for Assembly 

  • NY Assembly meeting this week on bag bill! Call your Assemblymember to OPPOSE A1750 & protect NYC’s #BYOBag law. http://bit.ly/2j2P2r[links to bag advocate press release on CM Lander’s website]
  • Let’s show that local grassroots organizing can Trump corporate lobbyists. #NYC #BYOBag #NoOnA1750  http://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/

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*** If you’d like to read the preemption bill the text is available here:

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s362/amendment/original

Brad Lander website – Feb 15th Bag Advocates Press Release

http://bradlander.nyc/news/updates/new-york-s-environmental-groups-overwhelmingly-oppose-albany-s-plan-to-roll-back-enviro

http://bit.ly/2j2P2rW

Ethical Consumerism

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In general, I don’t promote consumerism, and that doesn’t mean that I’m not tempted in it sometimes, or that I never give in. I give in more than I like – especially as my partner and I recently moved into a new place, and sometimes decorating doesn’t seem like consumption.

The thing is not participating in consumerism is the ideal, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an ethical way to go about buying new things if that’s what you choose. You can choose to buy products that are produced responsibly and ethically.

What does this mean?

  • Choose products that are certified fair labor/fair trade – meaning that the people who are making the items you purchase are paid a living wage and work in a safe and healthy environment, and that the products meet rigorous environmental standards.
  • Go to the B Corporation website, to find companies that are certified by the non-profit B Lab  as having met social sustainability and environmental performance standards.
  • Look for a Green America seal of approval.
  • If you’re buying organic, make sure it is OTA ceritifed.
  • Purchase your produce, meat, & nuts from a local farmers market or join a CSA.

And though these products may cost a few extra dollars – remember why they cost a bit more. Most companies that produce ethically usually produce quality items that are made with better materials that will last longer, the products most likely have a smaller impact on our environment, they are most likely better for your and your family’s health, and you are supporting a company that pays it’s employees a livable wage and offers them a safe working environment. These are all things, to me, that are worth a few extra dollars.

Plus, I’ve noticed the more I think about my consumerism, the less I am to consume, therefore saving more money.

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)

Tips for a greener bathroom

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Like many of you, the majority of the waste I produce comes from my bathroom and my kitchen. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be that way. Here are a few changes to make for a greener (and happier) bathroom.

  1. Ditch your disposable razor, and opt for a safety razor (it will also save you tons of money in the long run). If you aren’t quite ready or comfortable with a safety razor, buy a cartridge razor instead. Though cartridges aren’t recyclable, it’s better than throwing out an entire razor every month.
  2. Make your own toothpaste. It’s seriously easy, you’ll make way less trash, and again will save you loads of money.
  3. Start using bamboo toothbrushes. This one is almost 100% biodegradable/compostable.
  4. Invest in reusable cotton rounds or a make-up eraser: there is no reason to be throwing out cotton pads every night.
  5. Use coconut oil packaged in glass to remove your makeup.
  6. If you’re a lady… ditch the tampons and switch over to a menstrual cup. It will change your life.
  7. Opt for 100% vegetable oil or beeswax candles at bath time instead of paraffin.

How do you keep your bathroom green? Let me know in the comments below 😉

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)

New Years Resolution: Go Green in ’17!

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The choice to live a greener lifestyle is probably one of the best resolutions you can make. Why? Because it’s something you can ease yourself into: so you aren’t likely to give up; it promotes a healthier you; and it also promotes a cleaner environment.

Plus when you feel good about what you’re doing, you feel better about yourself.

Here’s how you can help save the environment in 2017:

  • Bring your own thermos to the coffee shop, or make your own. If you swapped out the usual paper and plastic everyday for a reusable thermos that you can use everyday for years, in just one year you would save ~88 lbs of CO2 emissions from entering our atmosphere.
  • Start bringing your own bags to the grocery store, and ditch the plastic. The average American family of 4 uses 1500 plastic bags per year, that’s a lot of waste.
  • Hang your clothes to dry – it’s not something you can just do in summer! Get yourself a drying rack to dry clothes both in and outdoors. Each clothes dryer emits more than a ton of CO2 per YEAR! Plus, air drying clothes extends their lifetime, and you’ll save money!
  • Stop buying bottled water! It’s not only an expensive habit for your wallet, but it also takes a toll on our earth. Each plastic bottle takes at least 450 years to degrade – and that doesn’t mean it’s particles go away, when a plastic bottle degrades it enters our ecosystem – through dirt, water, and even animals – and then the toxins come into direct contact with you!

Here’s how the environment can help you:

  • It’s often cheaper to buy the “greener” option – from bulk foods, to discounts given for bringing your own mug into many coffee establishments, to simply saving money because you’re no longer dropping $1 every time you need some water – tap is free or a fraction of the cost. You’ll also save money not regularly running your dishwasher, or by turning off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face.
  • When you buy less packaged foods – you’re generally buying healthier “whole” foods. Your body will thank you for giving it less processed nutrients. You’ll likely loose weight, and… ahem… be more regular. Plus, if you opt to bring your own lunch to work – you’ll not only saving on plastic and paper waste, you’ll also save money.

What’s your 2017 resolution?

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)

Happy Holidays!

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As the weather cools, the snow falls, and the smell of winter permeates the air – the fairy tale feeling of the holiday season sets in for me.

And I take into account what I’m thankful for this year, and everything in my life that makes me happy, gives me joy, and fills me with love.

I suppose it’s the same for most of you out there: the thought of my mother happy with all her children and children-in-law around her, my sisters in their full lives, my brother enjoying the solitude of the outdoors, my father calming down, the thought of the smile on my partners face when he walks in the door and I’m sitting there in the condo we just bought with our newly adopted kitten, and a round of drinks with new and old friends.

Nothing that makes me happy has anything to do with the material items I own, and I’m sure for 90% of you, it’s the same.

So take a moment, take a breath, and enjoy the season. Enjoy your friends, your family, your person, and your animals. Don’t stress about all the presents you need to buy, because in reality, you don’t need to buy anything. The holidays should be about happiness and the things in our life that bring us joy; not filled with stress about money and objects.

Take a moment, soak it all in, breathe, & enjoy it

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)