On July 1st, our home state of Maine passed a statewide ban on plastic bags. This bag ban on single use plastic bags is a great step towards being more environmentally friendly. These plastic bags are flimsy and easily destructible. Retailers will now be carrying paper bags, reusable plastic bags, or both. Some single use plastics are exempt from this law, including pharmacy bags and deli bags.
Maine passed legislature to ban single use plastic bags in 2019, but coronavirus put a halt to everyone’s plans. The bag ban got pushed back twice since the pandemic happened. The first delay was because of concerns about spreading germs and the virus. It was then delayed a second time due to disruption in packing supplies brought on by the pandemic. Now if you’re caught at the store without a reusable bag, you’ll have to pay for them. Continue reading
Single-use plastic is a phrase that you may or may not know. In an age where convenience and accessibility are some of the most important things to add functionality and comfort to our lives, we have to ask ourselves; what is the price? Continue reading
Have you heard about the world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle? It’s a 60 square meter space installed inside of an Ekoplaza store in Amsterdam, and its aim is to change the way you think about plastics consumption (do you see how custom reusable bags are going to come into play here?).
Instead of plastic fixtures and fittings, the supermarket aisle uses lampshades reclaimed from other stores, metal-and-wood shelves, and cardboard labels. Walk the aisle and you’ll see nearly 700 products-from meat and dairy to beans and veggies-and each one is packaged with non-plastic materials! Can you imagine stocking up on a week’s worth of groceries and yield no plastic waste? Continue reading
Did you hear the one about the law banning the law banning the bag? Seriously, it’s a thing (in Minnesota, at least). But don’t worry, as some retailers are rewarding those stalwart citizens who bring reusable shopping bags anyway!
It all started last year. Minneapolis city council passed an ordinance banning plastic bags, as may other countries, cities, and states worldwide have done over the past several years. That ordinance, which should have started on June 1, 2017, set the wheels in motion for affected retailers. Note the use of the words “should have”. Continue reading
It’s December, the season of giving. While we hope to consider those less fortunate all year long, we thought now was a great time to remind you of the good that can come from plastic bags.
Wait…what? Those trashy plastic bags are good? Really? Now, we didn’t say that. But as long as those pesky single-use bags are being used, there will be ways to spin them into something good. And by “spin” we mean it literally! Continue reading
In a follow up to our blog last month about a proposed plastic bag ordinance (read it here), this week, South Portland City Council approved a 5-cent plastic and paper bag fee and a ban on polystyrene packaging. Continue reading
If you’re reading this and still think that using custom reusable bags for your organization’s messaging is a fad, think again. They’re here to stay—evidenced by the number of plastic bag bans and ordinances on the table in municipalities all over the United States. Continue reading
Our custom water bottle division, Bulletin Bottle [.com], is all new! We’ve been working hard over the past six months to redesign it, and we hope we’ve made it easier to navigate.
Here are five things (out of a ton!) that we love about the new site (if you’ve spent any time at Bulletin Bag [.com] in the past year, you’ll notice some similarities!): Continue reading
Bulletin Bag [.com] is SO excited to announce that Bagamajig is here and ready to ship! The brainchild of our founder, Suzette Bergeron, the Bagamajig carabiner keychain is the handiest reusable bag organizer there is!
For over 10 years (she was an early adopter of the reusable movement, after all!), Suzette tried tons of different ways to organize, store, and use her reusable bags. She ended up making her own, and after a year of testing and refining—Poof—Bagamajig was born!
Right in our backyard last night, exciting things went down at the Portland City Council meeting. City councilors voted to charge a disposable bag fee AND to ban polystyrene food and drink containers. Consumers will be charged a nickel for every paper or plastic disposable bag used, starting April 15, 2015. Continue reading