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23 2016 November
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Putting Down the Plastic

As awareness increases about the harmful effects of plastics on the health of the planet (and our own), people are looking for ways to do their part. Regular readers of this blog will be the first to tell you to ban the bottle – ditch the disposable and find something reusable – but there are...

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26 2016 September
By Hannah Ellsbury
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The Ban on Microbeads – Why It Matters and Why It’s Still Not Enough

“Everyone can visualize floating plastic water bottles, but it’s harder to envision the damage these smaller pieces of plastic can cause.” That’s a quote from David Andrews, senior scientist at Environmental Working Group, in an article on Huffington Post. And it makes you think. Plastic is ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives, and even more so...

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22 2016 August
By Hannah Ellsbury
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How to Be Healthy, Frugal and Green In One Simple Step

Most people like making healthy choices that are also environmentally friendly, and nearly everyone likes saving money. When we find an easy way to do all three, it’s a pretty great feeling. You may have guessed where this post is heading – switching to a reusable water bottle (something with style if that appeals to you!) is...

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04 2016 August
By Hannah Ellsbury
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South Portland looking to ban single-use plastic water bottles

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME — As the 5-cent fee on single-use shopping bags and a ban on polystyrene food containers nears the six-month mark, one city councilor is thinking about the city’s next step in eliminating excess waste: a ban on single-use plastic water bottles. “It seems to me if we’re moving in the direction of...

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19 2016 July
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Montreal To Ban the Bottle

Small towns are one thing, but something big is on the horizon. The Canadian city’s mayor is looking to completely ban plastic-bottled water, which would make Montreal the first metropolis to do such a thing. The surprise announcement came in February of this year, but the timeline isn’t firm. The city, home to over 1.5 million...

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20 2016 June
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Reusable Water Bottles for Convenience and Style

If convenience is your excuse for using single-use disposable water bottles, listen up. Our latest round-up of reusable water bottles are as just as handy as the kind you toss – with the added benefits of sustainability and style. BU Water This unusual and beautiful water bottle has an elegant profile that’s downright uncommon in the industry....

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31 2016 May
By Hannah Ellsbury
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The Sobering Reality of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Have you heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It’s basically a gigantic trash heap in the middle of the North Pacific – but that’s the simplest description. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is actually comprised of two separate patches (the Western Garbage Patch near Japan and the Eastern Garbage Patch between Hawaii and...

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23 2016 March
By Hannah Ellsbury
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It’s Not Just The Bottle – The Ubiquity of the Plastic Straw

At Ban the Bottle, we’re focusing on educating people about the real cost – financial and environmental – of single-use plastic water bottles. Our Bottled Water Facts page has the nitty gritty, but in a nutshell, Americans use some 50 billion plastic water bottles annually – that’s over $1 billion in plastic. And we recycle...

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