Thursday, December 9, 2010

Saying No to Plastic in California

California's Thousand Oaks Acorn reports that Julie Schneider, a junior at Newbury Park High School, recently received her Girl Scout Gold Award by making more than 300 reusable shopping bags from new and gently used t-shirts. The bags were donated to a Prototype Women’s Center in Oxnard, FOOD Share/Food Pantry in Santa Clarita and the Goebel Senior Center.

Although California's Senate recently voted down a measure that would have banned plastic bags at grocery stores, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he would have signed the measure into law, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Recently in Fresno, CA, Girl Scouts of Central California South joined Governor Schwarzenegger on the steps of the Capitol Building in Sacramento to promote reusable bags. Katie, age ten, spoke about the Girl Scouts commitment to protecting the environment through their Forever Green initiative. She presented the Governor with a Girl Scouts bag made from recycled materials, and urged him to use the bag every time he shops. Check out the video of that below:

What do you think about state governments regulating the use of plastic bags?