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Los Angeles City Council bans plastic bags; rule to take effect in 2014

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Los Angeles is on the fast track to becoming the largest city in the nation to move toward a ban on “single-use” plastic bags after the City Council passed a resolution barring their use in supermarkets, convenience stores and any big retailer, which would include Target and Walmart, that sells groceries.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 to adopt the ban, giving preliminary approval to the ordinance that will then return to the council for a second vote next week before going on to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is expected to sign it.

The ordinance also sets a 10-cent price on paper bags to encourage customers to bring their own re-usable bags. The new rule will be phased in over the next year, reaching large stores on Jan. 1, 2014, and smaller ones on July 1, 2014. Retailers that fail to comply with the law would face a fine of $100 for the first violation, $200 after the second and $500 after the third, with fines imposed for each day the violation continues.

According to a city report, some 2.3 billion single-use plastic carryout bags and 400 million single-use paper bags are used annually in Los Angeles. The city estimates only 5% of the plastic bags and 21% of the paper bags are recycled.

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Ikea, Lisa Ling makeover education facility affected by Hurricane Sandy

BY CSA STAFF

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Ikea was joined by journalist and television host Lisa Ling to mark its third annual Life Improvement Project with a $50,000 donation to Save the Children’s early education programs.

In addition to the donation, Ikea provided home furnishings, design advice and manpower to help make over a Family Head Start/Early Learn location in Brooklyn, N.Y., a Save the Children-supported facility which was affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“The people who participated in the ‘Life Improvement Project’ made a direct impact on children in need,” said Lisa Allen, Ikea Life Improvement Project Leader. “We’re pleased to have been able to partner with Save the Children to extend life improvement into the many places we collectively call home — including our local communities.”

Ling, a Life Improvement Project ambassador, was present at the facility and helped Ikea unveil the new space. “I’m thrilled to have been part of this program which helped inspire consumers to make a positive impact on their homes and communities,” she said. “As a new mom myself, I’m happy Ikea is able to help children at this Sandy-affected facility and also kids all around the country.”

Save the Children is a leading, independent organization that strives to create lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world.

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Natural Grocers opens in Tulsa

BY Staff Writer

Denver — Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage said Thursday it is opening its second Oklahoma location – in Tulsa – on June 25. The newest store joins an existing location in Norman.

The Tulsa Natural Grocers continues the organic supermarket’s commitment to the environment, incorporating green features such as energy-efficient motion light sensors, 100% post-consumer content tiles, high efficiency heat-exchange systems, polished concrete flooring and commercial-grade LED lights.

Natural Grocers has also kicked off a campaign to help victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes and Colorado wildfires. Natural Grocers will be matching donations made at any of its 68 Natural Grocers locations beginning June 22 through June 29. All funds raised, plus matching funds up to $25,000, will be divided between the OKStrong Disaster Relief Fund and the Colorado Red Cross to benefit victims of the recent tornadoes and the wildfires, said the company.

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