The City of Austin has approved a plan to completely ban plastic bags in retail stores. Stacy Guidry, the Austin Program Director for the Texas Campaign for the Environment discusses how they are encouraging Austin to go even further and ban paper bags. Also in the KOOP studio we spoke with producer Christine Giordano the author of the original video document called “Bag-it” covering Boston’s attempt to ban plastic bags. Her video was featured at the 2010 South By Southwest film festival. It is available for viewing on Vimeo.
Austin uses 263 million single use plastic bags annually! Both Brownsville and South Padre Island are examples of Texas communities that have successfully stopped the use of plastic bags. You can find out more at: Bag Ban FAQ.
Texas Campaign for the Environment will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year. You can find out about details at Trash Makeover: Fashion and Art Reuse Challenge. And lets all do our part to help Austin “Recycle, Reduce and Reuse!”