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Plastic Bags and Polystyrene Containers Banned in Marblehead

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The inadvertent use of plastic bags on a regular basis is one of the leading causes of environmental damage. Marblehead, a coastal town in north-eastern Massachusetts famous for its yachting and fishing ports joined the list of major U.S. cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. that have imposed a ban on the usage of plastic bags.

Marblehead’s Future Will Be Free of Plastic Bags and Polystyrene Containers

A decision to place an indefinite ban on ‘thin film, single use plastic bags” and polystyrene containers was made at the Marblehead Town Meeting. The meeting addressed by the Board of Health members Helaine Hazzlet, Michelle Gottlieb and Todd Belfbecker arrived at a consensus by issuing successive votes in favor of the ban.

The meeting convened at the Performing Arts Center at Veterans Middle School centered around the toxic effects brought about by the indiscriminate use of the single use plastic bags. The health officials pointed out that these plastic bags cannot be recycled for reuse as they get ‘down-cycled’ due to their poor composition and are not suitable for a reuse. A two is to one majority of the meeting attendees had a vote count of 236 in favor, 128 opposed.

The health officials were of the opinion that the ban on plastic bags and containers will ensure a shift towards viable alternatives such as eco-friendly reusable bags. The seaside community of Marblehead will be benefited by the ban as the plastic bags and polystyrene containers have become a public nuisance of late. Plastics were found to clog storm drains and sewers, finding their way into the ocean where the micro-plastic toxins get ingested by the aquatic life.

The Marblehead Health Department is all set to introduce cost effective reusable bags that will counter the after-effects of banning the single use plastic bags. The reusable bags carry a design that was created by Marblehead High School sophomore Louisa Gould.

The design featuring the famous Abbot Hall with the recycling symbol was chosen from a designing contest held at the Marblehead High School. A delay of 12 months has been made before the full implementation of the ban to give the businesses time to figure out alternatives with the help of the Health Department

Buy Wholesale Reusable Bags Instead of Plastic Bags and Polystyrene Containers

The inadvertent use of plastic bags on a regular basis is a leading cause of environmental damage. The use and throw plastic bags and containers are made from non-biodegradable material that breaks down into toxic particles after undergoing years of the breakdown process known as photo-degradation. The plastic waste contaminates both soil and water, eventually intruding into the food chain as it gets ingested by the animals.

Wholesale reusable bags are the ultimate solution to the unregulated use of single use plastic bags. These reusable bags are available in a variety of eco-friendly materials like jute, canvas, hemp, thick paper and bamboo. A reusable bag can be both fashionable as well as functional at the same time. The varying weight capacities and designs on the reusable shopping bags make them more appealing to the shoppers who enjoy shopping at supermarkets.

The only thing to remember while using reusable shopping bags is to clean them regularly particularly if they are used to shop for fresh meat and other edible items.

Source:http://chatham.wickedlocal.com/article/20140508/NEWS/140506875

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