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Seattle officials vote to ban plastic bags

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to ban single-use plastic bags from groceries and other retail stores, joining a growing trend among cities that embrace green values.

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Use only reusable bags today on ‘A Day Without a Bag’

Today is “A Day Without a Bag,” a day holiday shoppers and retailers are asked not to use single-use, plastic shopping bags but to use reusable bags instead.

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Mukilteo makes 'large statement' with bag ban

Shoppers and retailers alike now have a year to get used to the fact they'll no longer be able to use plastic bags for groceries or convenience-store goodies.

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Report drew leaders' attention to plastic pollution.

Our report, “Keeping Plastic Out of Puget Sound,” detailed the damage caused by plastic pollution and noted that local and national governments worldwide are taking action to ban the bags. We had the lead quote in a front page Seattle Times article on this issue, grabbing the attention of city and state leaders. We need your help to turn a statewide bag ban from great idea into reality. 

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Ban plastic bags in Seattle? Fight heats up

A gray whale that washed up on a Puget Sound beach last year has become Exhibit A in the debate over whether to ban plastic bags in Seattle. Environmentalists point to the contents of the dead whale's stomach, itemized in a necropsy, as a compelling argument that the thin-film carryout shopping bags should be outlawed. The inedible trash that the whale had ingested included sweatpants, a golf ball, surgical gloves, small towels and more than 20 plastic bags.

 

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