Central Oregon Should Ban Plastic Bags 0 Facebook LinkedIn Email According to Environment Oregon, Oregonians use about 1.7 billion single-use plastic bags each year. Some of those bags find their way into the ocean, killing sea turtles, sea birds and marine mammals that mistake them for food. Think anytime you see one of those ugly plastic bags floating around the high desert what they can do to wildlife and our usually pristine environment. Due to their durability, plastic bags can take centuries to decompose.Another problem associated with the typical plastic bag is the use of non-renewable resources in manufacturing them such as crude oil, gas and coal. A car could drive about 36 feet on the amount of petroleum used to make a single small plastic bag.Bag ban opponents who helped defeat a statewide ban this year insist plastic bags are easily recycled, provide jobs and are the most sanitary way to transport groceries. The American Progressive Bag Alliance states that plastic bags are the environmental choice, generating 80 percent less waste than paper bags. They are missing the point of what the plastic bags can do to the environment.And when it comes to job creation bag companies have the option to switch to biogradable materials. Some modern bags are made of vegetable-based bioplastics, which can decay organically and prevent a build-up of toxic plastic bags in landfills and the natural environment. Bags can also be made from degradable polyethylene film. However, most degradable bags do not readily decompose in a sealed landfill and represent a possible contaminant to plastic recycling operations.Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, Seattle and San Francisco already have some form of a plastic bag ban. Single-use plastic carryout bags have afforded consumers short-term convenience for years, but they have long-term costs in terms of litter and impact on wildlife and the environment. In an effort to promote reusable shopping bags and reduce litter, the City of Eugene implemented a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags in all retail establishments within city limits in May.All retail businesses including grocery stores, departments and clothing stores, convenience stores and local markets located within the Eugene city limits are now required to provide only recycled paper bags or reusable bags as carryout bags for customers. Corvallis has also applied the plastic bag ban to all retailers in the city and requiring a 5 cent pass through cost on paper bags to encourage reusable bags.Consider this, in Washington D.C. a bag fee was placed on plastic bags and the little 5 cents shifted consumers from an estimated 270 million bags per year to 55 million bags per year. The businesses that reported estimated a range of bag use down by 50-80 percent. And that makes good business cents too…nickels add up to business savings and the dramatic decrease in bag use means reduction in overhead costs to businesses.Some large store chains have banned plastic shopping bags such as Whole Foods and IKEA. Outright bans have been introduced in many countries, notably China, which banned very thin plastic bags nationwide in 2008.Heavy-duty plastic shopping bags are suitable for reuse as reusable shopping bags. All types of plastic shopping bags can be recycled into new bags where effective collection schemes exist such as the bags made by our own Bend company, Sara Bella Upcycled.Banning plastic bags seems a suitable solution to the problems I mentioned. Then what? The plastic bag bans are about shifting consumer behaviors to reusable options. The application to all retailers and the pass through cost on paper are the most effective strategies to do this. It makes good business and environmental sense. (The Northwest Grocery Association, which represents large grocery stores such as Safeway, Fred Meyer and Albertson’s, is backing local bag bans.)A renewed effort to ban plastic bags in cities around Oregon is kicking off after a statewide ban failed in the Legislative session. We should listen to what the proponents have to say.Shall we have a region wide ban on plastic bags? Ask your own city councilors where they stand and encourage this change in our communities. Share. Twitter Google+ Tumblr on August 8, 2013 Pinterest By Pamela Hulse Andrews E-Headlines
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7 Tips For Building The Right People RelationshipsSeptember 20, 2018 by Martin Zwilling 263SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategic In big business, as well as startups, I have found that your effectiveness can be highly correlated to your ability to build and maintain people relationships, often more so than hard work, or how many hours you give. But all relationships are not the same, and your ability to distinguish between positive and negative, or casual versus committed, can make or break your future.I find that the most successful entrepreneurs have mastered the art and skill of building and managing relationships. For example, we all know people who really believe that everyone in the world is their supporter, when in fact many are actively working against them. The reasons may be emotional or fact-based, but the key is understanding and dealing with relationship realities.In my role as a mentor to business professionals and entrepreneurs over the years, I have found that it’s important to take a hard look at the relationships around you on a regular basis. If you have very few, or the wrong relationships or your assessment abilities need tuning, your impact and your career may be limited. But, like most other skills, you can learn from these priorities:Everyone benefits from active mentoring. The most productive business relationships involve mentoring, or active sharing of knowledge and experience, with the intent to improve communication, cooperation, and impact. This is a powerful and positive relationship that benefits both careers, as well as the business.It works at all levels inside an organization, as well as outside the company. Most successful entrepreneurs and business executives admit to having mentor relationships, including Bill Gates with Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg with Steve Jobs. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and can benefit from an external perspective.Provide and seek coach and advocate relationships. The best coaches are people who care about you as a person, without any ulterior motives, and intend to inspire you to be the best that you can be. With their advocacy and guidance, your morale, skills, and thus productivity will go up, benefiting both the company and your career.A good coach is not a critic. Beware of relationships with people who constantly put you down, highlight your flaws, or discuss your shortcomings with other team members.Establish relationships with people in the know. Some peers are always researching the big picture and latest details and can keep you in the loop on what’s happening in the organization and why. I’m not talking about gossip or negative information, but positive insights that will help you spend your time to the best advantage in your career.These people are easy to recognize if you keep your eyes and ears open. They typically share insights early that prove to be productive, and have good relationships themselves with executives and other leaders.Actively court relationships with people you aspire to be. If your friends are all people in lesser experience, it’s unlikely that you can learn new things from them. Supplement the scope of your relationships with trailblazers you respect, to be inspired by their results, and motivated to follow in their footsteps. Keep your ego in check.Expand work relationships into personal friendships. Personal friendships between peers is always good for business, even between managers and team members. Personal friendships will improve communications and trust, and will definitely improve your personal satisfaction and life balance, between work and play. .Make it a point to get to know other teams and customers. Just knowing more people both inside and outside your organization, if only as acquaintances, is still a good thing. It keeps you from becoming isolated in your views, improves trust all around, and generally leads to more cooperation and sharing. Even with all our technology, business is still people-to-people.Above all else, don’t create enemy relationships. Things change rapidly in business, and enemies have a way of resurfacing in a position to damage your career or your project. Don’t burn your bridges with anyone on the team, and use your initiative to engage people directly to improve communications, rather than cutting them off or instigating a personal battle.In my experience, even the best technology and business model can’t succeed without positive relationships all around on the team. As an angel investor, I learned this the hard way, and now I’m a believer that smart investors invest in people with the right relationships, not just ideas and skills. Work to make your ability to manage relationships your sustainable competitive advantage.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST
US News Share QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Share this article LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has revealed for the first time what Serena Williams told her after the controversy-plagued final.Osaka and Williams were together after the match as Osaka was awarded the trophy for winning.Osaka, 20, of Japan, said that Williams, 36, told her she was proud of her. Amid the crowd booing, Williams tried to reassure the new champion that the boos were not aimed at her.Read MoreSerena Williams Cartoon Reprinted by Paper, Has Headline ‘Welcome to the PC World’Serena Williams’ Fitness Coach Defends Her After Controversial US Open Outburst“She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me. So, I was really happy that she said that,” Osaka told Ellen DeGeneres.”At the time I did think they were booing at me.” Osaka also said that she felt confident going into the match that she would win. Osaka previously said that she was happy to win her first Grand Slam. Serena Williams of the United States (2nd R), while being interviewed after her defeat in the Women’s Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka (2nd L), of Japan at the 2018 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on Sept. 8, 2018. (Al Bello/Getty Images)Williams EruptsThe controversial series of events started when umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation warning after he spotted her coach, who was in the stands, giving her hand signals.Williams became irate and smashed her racket, leading to an actual code violation. That made Williams even more upset, and she berated Ramos repeatedly. Ramos issued another code violation, costing Williams the game. Williams was already down, and ultimately lost the final.Read MoreSerena Williams Match Umpire Carlos Ramos Speaks out for First TimeMartina Navratilova Slams Serena Williams’ Behavior During US Open FinalTennis Associations Back Serena Williams Against UmpireOsaka said during the interview that she initially didn’t know what was going on because she turned away from the scene as Williams approached Ramos and started yelling.“When you’re little you’re taught not to look at if your opponent gets angry, you’re told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that,” Osaka said. “But in my mind, I really wanted to know what was going on.” Serena Williams of the United States yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Sept. 8, 2018. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY SPORTS)Ramos RespondsThe rulings by Ramos and outcome of the match stirred controversy, with some backing Williams, believing she’d been unfairly ruled against, and others believing her behavior justified the violations.Ramos spoke out for the first time about the fracas, telling the Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso that he was fine.Read MoreUmpires May Boycott Serena Williams Matches after US Open IncidentSerena Williams, Umpire Abuse, and American Culture“I’m fine, given the circumstances,” Ramos told the Expresso, according to the Associated Press. “It’s a delicate situation, but umpiring ‘a la carte’ doesn’t exist. Don’t worry about me.”Ramos said he has received hundreds of messages of support. The umpire stayed at his house for several days after the final to avoid problems. Ramos is scheduled to umpire matches in the Davis Cup, which starts in Croatia on Sept. 14.From NTD.tv Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Naomi Osaka Reveals What Serena Williams Told Her After Winning US Open By Zachary Stieber September 13, 2018 Updated: September 13, 2018 Show Discussion