A high school senior named Alissa Chavez has struck a magnificent invention. Chavez has created a tool to significantly reduce the number of child deaths due to sitting in a hot car. How so? The “Hot Seat” includes a pad that is placed under the child’s car seat, and a keychain alarm. If the parent walks more than 40ft away from the pad, the alarm sounds. Pretty cool, right? Go Alissa!
For those of you who do not know, Austin has banned the use of plastic bags in the city. Instead of packaging groceries in plastic single-use bags, stores are now requiring customers to bring their own reusable bags for shopping. Customers who forget their bags have the option of purchasing reusable bags at the counter, or paying a small fee for a sturdier plastic bag.
Austin is an amazing city, and it’s fairly recent bag ban is only one example. While it may be somewhat of a nuisance to have to remember to bring my reusable grocery bags, I am more than happy to do my part to save planet earth. Austin officials are proud to say that the city as whole has reduced its litter and landfill contributions.
More information can be found here for Austin’s Bag Ban.
Portland Bag Ban, Major Sam Adams
Shout out to Portland for being the first Oregon city to enact the single-use plastic bag ban! There are 5 people in this picture, surprisingly.
What are your thoughts on the bag ban? How has it affected your life for the better?