Is Your Garden Hose Leaching BPA, Lead, and Phthalates into Your Water? ~ Eco-novice

By | 2016-12-20T01:18:25+00:00 Wednesday, April 13, 2016||

HealthyStuff on Garden Hoses ... And then I saw the latest report from "Hazardous Chemicals found in Gardening Water Hoses." A few highlights from the report: Of the 21 new garden hoses purchased from major retailers like Home Depot, Walmart, and Target, two-thirds were made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).  All of the PVC hoses tested [...]


By | 2016-12-20T01:18:46+00:00 Wednesday, September 11, 2013|, |

San Diego is well on its way to banning single use plastic bags. All five members of the City Council's Rules and Economic Development Committee - Councilmembers Lightner, Faulconer, Alvarez, Kersey, and Emerald - voted to advance a city wide ban on single use plastic bags. This was after a 1½ to 2 hour long meeting in [...]


By | 2016-12-20T01:18:49+00:00 Saturday, August 31, 2013|, |

San Diego— Elected officials, business and civic leaders, and environmentalists convened at SeaWorld San Diego to declare their support for eliminating single-use plastic bags in San Diego and statewide. “California’s leadership is recognized throughout the world for our policies to protect the environment,” said Senator Alex Padilla, who has authored a bill (SB 405) to phase-out [...]

California’s Waste Bills: Plastic defeated (for now); Mattress passed; Bottles to Senate

By | 2016-12-20T01:19:11+00:00 Friday, May 31, 2013|, , , |

(Image above taken from Californians against Waste website) The most controversial of the three Waste bills before the California Assembly was voted down yesterday.  Senate Bill 405, designed to implement a statewide phase-out of single use plastic bags, did not receive the 21 votes needed to pass. The measure failed by a vote of 18-17, [...]

Imminent Legislation meant to Clean up California’s Waste

By | 2016-12-20T01:19:13+00:00 Wednesday, May 29, 2013|, , , |

(Image above: California State Assembly) Three bills, designed to clean up California, are currently on the floor of either the Assembly or Senate. The most controversial is SB 405, the single-use “plastic bag ban bill,” which some hope/expect will come up Thursday. This is related to the ordinances adopted in 75 Californian communities and under [...]

Senate to vote on Plastic Bag Ban this week

By | 2016-12-20T01:19:14+00:00 Sunday, May 26, 2013|, , |

California has taken a step closer to banning single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug, and convenience stores. The Senate’s Appropriations Committee approved SB 405, which will be voted on by the full Senate this week. The bill’s author, Alex Padilla, is circulating an online petition which will be delivered to the house. He hopes [...]

Supreme Court upholds Plastic Bag Ban, again

By | 2016-12-20T01:19:16+00:00 Monday, May 20, 2013|, |

(The following article is a press release from Environment California;Picture taken February 23, 2012 just outside of the Yolo County landfill after a windstorm. The litter is more than just plastic carryout bags—there was also paper bags, garbage bags, candy wrappers and anything light weight and aerodynamic - Uploaded by jgilber, Davis Wiki) Sacramento, CA – The California [...]

Pro Plastic Bag Campaign Launched

By | 2016-12-20T01:19:28+00:00 Wednesday, April 17, 2013|, |

(SDLG is not endorsing the following story, but reprints it in the interest of public debate) SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) today launched a campaign to educate Californians and policy makers on the negative environmental and economic consequences of banning plastic bags. The campaign, which [...]

Scottish success story: 600 tonnes of plastic removed from the sea

By | 2016-12-20T01:19:33+00:00 Sunday, April 7, 2013||

(The following article is reprinted from the April 4, 2013, edition of the Shetland News; image credit: Peterhead fishing boat Amity II landing litter in her home port - Karen Murray photo ) ORE than 200 Scottish and Shetland fishing boats have now joined the Fishing for Litter campaign that has just passed the milestone of [...]

Statewide plastic bag ban bill moves ahead

By | 2016-12-20T01:19:35+00:00 Wednesday, April 3, 2013||

(The following article is an April 1, 2013, news release from Environment California; image credit: US Department of Agriculture Image Number D2535-1) Legislation to ban single-use plastic bags across California took another step toward becoming law. The Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee voted this afternoon to approve AB 158, setting the stage for a final vote [...]