Category Archives: Plastic Ban

Reusable Shopping Bags – Lotte’s Favorite BYOB’s

We’ve marked the 1st anniversary of Austin’s plastic bag ordinance and I want to share some of my FAVORITE reusable shopping bags!

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“Austin’s ordinance is not a ban on plastic or paper bags, but it will drastically reduce the number of flyaway plastic bags that get snagged on tree limbs, clog storm drains and take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills.”

“If we all adopt reuse habits— such as bringing your own bags—we can help Austin reach Zero Waste by 2040

Single-Use Plastic Bag Facts courtesy of Bring it Austin

  • Each year U.S. retailers give out 38 billion single-use paper and plastic carryout bags.

  • Single-use plastic bags can take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills.

  • Thin, single-use bags are a major source of litter and can cause flooding by clogging creeks and storm drains.

  • A high-quality reusable bag can replace 600 thin plastic bags over its lifetime.

  • The petroleum in 14 plastic bags could drive a car one mile.

HHG logo on black 150STOMP the Plastic Habit!

If you shop, if you use plastic bags – Heck, I’ll go so far as to say if you live on this planet…

Visit Bring it Austin for complete information – ALL things BYOB – and HELP do your part!

ANY business interested in addressing social and environmental concerns should check out these suggestions for reducing waste.

Here is another amazing resource for those interested in being part of the Zero Waste SOLUTION.

The Triple Bottom Line – People, Planet, Profit and A Goal of Sustainability

33 x 8 banner trip with domainsSince many business opportunities are developing in the realm of social entrepreneurialism, businesses hoping to reach this expanding market must design themselves to be financially profitable, socially beneficial and ecologically sustainable or fail to compete with those companies who do design themselves as such. –TBL Wikipedia

Does your business help to ensure a brighter – healthier future with a conscious effort on reducing your ecological footprint?

PEOPLE, PLANET, PROFIT,  a.k.a. The Triple Bottom line
  • People  – How do you “Give Back”? – Educate? – Benefit community & future generations?
  • Planet (natural capital) – Does your business value the Earth we share?  Reuse – Reduce – Rethink your resources!
  • Profit – Do you create economic value?  “This is often confused to be limited to the internal profit made by a company or organization (which nevertheless remains an essential starting point for the computation).”


April 5, 2014

I intent to elaborate much more on this topic. I have to run and ship some Happy Glass – But I’ll be back REAL soon to describe how I strive to employ these practices.

SHOP all Happy Hollow Glass here and  STOMP the plastic habit!

The Zero Waste Solution – By Paul Connett –

 The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time 

by Paul Connett

The community has to say to industry “if we can’t reuse it, recycle it or compost it, you shouldn’t be making it.” In other words waste is a design problem, and that is Step Nine: We need better design of both products and packaging if we are going to rid ourselves of the wretched “throwaway ethic” which has dominated both manufacture and our daily lives since WW II. We need to turn off the tap on disposable objects.

I couldn’t have said it better myself! If I have ever confused anybody by saying “Do NOT Recycle” This is a fantastic resource that will help to clarify what I mean by that!