Our Thursday green news brings you the latest on green architecture, climate change, energy and communities:
- No more plastic shopping bags in Chicago: The city of Chicago is the newest addition to American cities who banned plastic shopping bags. However, the new ordinance will not become effective until August 2015. The ban will first concern retailers occupying stores that are more than 10,000 square feet, and will be then extended to smaller chain stores and franchises in August 2016, while small independent or non-franchise stores and restaurants will not be affected by the legislation. Fines for non compliance will be between $300 and $500 for each violation.
- New online service for local homegrown fruits and veggies: New site called Ripe Near Me aims to provide platform for local exchange of fresh produce. Patrons can search by a favorite fruit, follow someone in their area who’s growing it, and get a notification when the produce is ripe or even offer to trade some of their own homegrown produce. As the founders explain: “Not only do fresh eggs, berries, and greens taste better than the old stuff in your supermarket, but you’re saving emissions from food transportation, and there’s a good chance your neighbors aren’t dousing their garden in industrial-strength pesticides.”