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GREEN MOMENT: Did You Know: Plastic Bag Manufacturers Sued Reusable Bag Maker ChicoBag For Ruining Their Business?!?

Posted by kristobaldude on January 11, 2014

Dateline: 01/11/14

Here is a win for the good guys. ChicoBag–creator of those collapsible, reusable shopping bags–was sued in 2011 by  the three top US manufacturers of plastic bags. Overall, environmental crusader and founder of ChicoBag, Andy Keller, saw this as a strategic attempt to drive the reusable plastic bag industry out of business. Then the environment polluting plastic bag giants could keep  wallowing in corporate greed and keep polluting the environment with more and more plastic.

The lawsuit was soon settled because the “false advertising” claims that the corporations had made against ChicoBag could not largely be substantiated. Count this as a win for the environment, and for the good guys. Below are some excerpts on this issue. Please click the “source” links to read the original articles and support the truth crusader blogs fighting for environmental justice and bringing you to truth as it happens.


ChicoBag - BabMonster reusable bagChico, California. – The ChicoBag Company, a reusable bag company, has announced it is the sole defendant in a lawsuit filed by Hilex Poly Company, LLC, Superbag Operating, LTD., and Advance Polybag, Inc.; three of the largest domestic manufacturers of disposable single-use plastic bags, on the grounds that ChicoBag has “irreparably harmed” their business.

Keller is a leader in the movement to reduce single-use bag waste and is well known for his “Bag Monster®” character and environmentally themed blog, bagmonster.com. Each Bag Monster costume is decked out with 500 plastic bags, a walking ball of bags representing the average number of single-use bags an American uses annually. “The Bag Monster makes people laugh and realize how many bags they use. Most people are shocked by the Bag Monster and quickly realize they can use significantly less” says Keller. While the Bag Monster is not specifically mentioned in the lawsuit, its success may have made Keller a target of the industry.

The lawsuit against Keller’s company was filed in South Carolina, a state that has no anti-SLAPP laws. A SLAPP suit (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) is intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.

In an effort to understand how this lawsuit fits into the larger strategy of the plastics industry, Keller began investigating the history of industry’s litigation tactics, and uncovered a long and largely untold story of conflict between the public and the now ubiquitous plastic bag. In a recent blog post, Keller published his discovery, helping to put this most recent lawsuit into context.

In response to the industry tactics, Keller stated: “Plastic bag manufacturers and their ‘non-profit’ associations, along with their trade association, the American Chemistry Council, have spent millions of dollars trying to persuade voters and elected officials to vote against single-use bag legislation. They have even funded and promoted ‘scientific’ studiesquestioning the safety and efficacy of reusable bags, fueling sensational news stories across the country, presumably aimed to slow the growth of the reusable bag industry. Sadly, this lawsuit will cost millions and is a complete waste of money. If the plastics industry spent a fraction of the money they have spent on lawyers and lobbyists, actually addressing the legitimate environmental issues, perhaps they wouldn’t have to rely on desperate attacks on small business.”

[Source: Bag Wars | Plastic Bag Giants Sue Reusable Bag Entrepreneur for Loss of Sales (Environmental Community Outraged)


TreeHugger.com logoOn the legal side, they’ve sued cities that have banned plastic bags like Oakland, CA, Fairfield, CA, and San Jose, CA, arguing that the decisions were taken without proper environmental impact studies and asking for bans to be taken down.

Unsatisfied with these practices, this business group seems to be taking the next step: filing suits against entrepreneurs that are standing up against single-use plastics. Such is the case of a recent lawsuit that three major plastic bag producers have filed against ChicoBag Company, a pioneering company in the reusable bag movement.

The names in question are Hilex Poly Company, Superbag Operating and Advance Polybag, who are claiming that ChicoBag has infringed in ‘False and Misleading Advertisement’, ‘Violation Of The Latham Act’, and ‘Violation of The Unfair Trade Practices Act‘ for some information included on its website.

[Source: Plastic Bag Companies Now Suing Entrepreneurs: The ChicoBag Case

Paula Alvarado, April 12, 2011]

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Research Headstart: Houseplants That Filter, Clean & Purify Indoor Air

Posted by kristobaldude on January 1, 2013

logo: Reasearch Headstart

Research Headstart: Houseplants That Filter, Clean & Purify Indoor Air

Logo: Air Cleaining House Plants - by Kristobaldude Designs (c) 2013

I created the “Research Headstart” feature to hopefully save you some time on certain research topics. Unfortunately, I’m just one person and don’t always have the resources to write all the articles I want to. Some of these future possible articles I’ve already done the research for, however.

That’s where Research Headstart comes in. Each post in this series represents at least one hour or more of time spent researching culling and gleaning to weed out less useful articles from the premium information. Thus, by taking 5 minutes to review the links I’ve provided for you, you theoretically will have an extra free hour (or more) to do other things that are important to you. I hope the links I provide will offer you the headstart you need to find information, answer a burning question, or write a great article. A mention of this post as a source is appreciated.

Just a few of the amazing houseplants that will help to purify your air indoors!

Boston Fern

Boston Fern

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

Baby Rubber Plant

Baby Rubber Plant

Moth Orchid

Moth Orchid

Gerber daisy

Gerber daisy

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Peace Lily

Peace Lily



Parlour Palm

Parlour Palm

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos

Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Heart-Leaf Philodendron

– Kristobalude (01/01/13)


  1. http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/stories/best-air-filtering-houseplants-according-to-nasa
  2. http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/h110indoorair.html
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_air-filtering_plants
  4. http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/types-of-houseplants.html
  5. http://www.cleanairgardening.com/houseplants.html
  6. http://www.balconycontainergardening.com/
  7. https://www.google.com/search?q=air+filtering+houseplants&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=6gV&tbo=d&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&source=lnt&tbs=isz:l&sa=X&ei=bFnjUO6kDML1iwL0roGQAw&ved=0CCYQpwUoAQ&biw=1256&bih=715 (image search)
  8. http://hihort.blogspot.com/2012/06/breathe-easy-plants-clean-air.html
  9. http://theborrowedabode.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/live-a-little/
  10. https://mycotopia.net/forums/back-land/52109-g-y-o-fresh-air-grow-your-own-3-common-houseplants-clean-your-air.html


  1. http://blog.wormsway.com/post/Indoor-Plants-Purify-Air.aspx
  2. http://sroygharonda.blogspot.com/2011/07/meet-houseplants.html
  3. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/
  4. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/care/improve-the-air-in-your-home/
  5. http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/best-houseplants-for-your-apartment/
  6. http://blogs.babble.com/being-pregnant/2012/07/10/the-top-10-most-air-purifying-house-plants/#bamboo-palm
  7. http://www.pernellgerver.com/bostonfern.htm (shop)
  8. https://www.google.com/search?q=plants+that+clean+indoor+air&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a (my original google search)
  9. http://hihort.blogspot.com/2012/06/breathe-easy-plants-clean-air.html
  10. http://theborrowedabode.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/live-a-little/


  1. https://mycotopia.net/forums/back-land/52109-g-y-o-fresh-air-grow-your-own-3-common-houseplants-clean-your-air.html
  2. http://blog.wormsway.com/post/Indoor-Plants-Purify-Air.aspx
  3. http://sroygharonda.blogspot.com/2011/07/meet-houseplants.html
  4. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/
  5. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/care/improve-the-air-in-your-home/
  6. http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/best-houseplants-for-your-apartment/
  7. http://witandwhistle.com/2012/09/25/house-plant-identification/
  8. http://rawedibleplants.blogspot.com/2012/02/aloe-vera-aloe-barbadensis-or-aloe-vera.html
  9. http://www.lighthome.com.au/green-building-blog/healthy-homes-plants-are-a-lifeline
  10. http://whatsurhomestory.com/indoor-plants-that-you-just-cant-kill/


  1. http://lawnpatiobarn.wordpress.com/page/26/
  2. http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/2010/05/list-easy-attractive-houseplants-for.html
  3. http://inhabitat.com/7-indoor-plants-that-purify-the-air-around-you-naturally/peace-lilies/
  4. http://www.proplants.com/guide/peace-lily-plant-care-guide (shop)
  5. http://gardening.about.com/od/specifichouseplants/p/Pothos.htm
  6. http://www.wnyalive.com/indoor/pothos_golden.htm
  7. http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/air-quality/news-10-fabulous-houseplants-absorbs-indoor-pollution
  8. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/b592/dracaena-marginata.aspx
  9. http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/air-quality/news-10-fabulous-houseplants-absorbs-indoor-pollution?image=9
  10. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philodendron


  1. http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week334.shtml
  2. http://www.homeandgardenideas.com/gardening/indoor-gardens/planting/buying-cheap-indoor-plants
  3. http://www.homeandgardenideas.com/gardening/indoor-gardens/planting/best-indoor-plants-wholesale-prices
  4. http://www.homeandgardenideas.com/gardening/indoor-gardens/planting/how-build-herb-garden-your-apartments-balcony
  5. http://community.homedepot.com/t5/Garden-Club-Plants-Vegetables/Houseplants-Natural-and-Beautiful-Air-Purifiers/td-p/38803
  6. http://www.google.com/search?q=how+much+do+house+plants+cost&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enUS432US432&aq=0&oq=how+much+do+houseplan&sugexp=chrome,mod=14&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=how+much+do+house+plants+cost&hl=en&safe=off&tbo=d&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enUS432US432&source=lnt&tbs=qdr:y&sa=X&ei=TBviUPCwIMWEjAKpjoGABw&ved=0CCAQpwUoBQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.cGE&fp=75746be565b0cb2f&bpcl=40096503&biw=1152&bih=719
  7. http://www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/my-2-favorite-indoor-plants.html

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Your Blog Is Like an Ecosystem, Part 2: Building a Sustainable Community | Z-Blog

Posted by kristobaldude on April 8, 2012

Social Ecosystem Diagram

Social Ecosystem Diagram (Photo credit: erin_designr)from the book "Designing Social Interfaces" from O'Reilly Media

Here is a great article on Blogging as a sustainable environment. There are interesting comparisons made to developing and maintaining an ecosystem. I highly recommend anyone looking to better market their blog read this post.  Anyone who has made or plans to make a business out of blogging will benefit from reading this post.

Your Blog Is Like an Ecosystem, Part 2: Building a Sustainable Community | Z-Blog.

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Freshmen Republicans Prevent Anti-Pollution and Toxic Waste Cleanup Success

Posted by kristobaldude on February 19, 2011

Freshman GOP leader John Boehner

Freshman GOP leader John Boehner


Hey everyone, guess what? … The Repubs just blocked a vote to prevent pollution in America … “The $1.2 trillion bill [defunds] every Cabinet agency through Sept. 30, when the current budget year ends. It imposes severe spending cuts on domestic programs and foreign aid. Targets include schools, nutrition programs, environmental protection, and heating and housing” (Yahoo News).

“Changes rammed through the House on Friday and Saturday would shield greenhouse-gas polluters and privately owned colleges from federal regulators; block a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay; and bar the government from shutting down mountaintop mines it believes will cause too much water pollution.In almost every case, the measure sides with business groups over environmental activists and federal regulators.” (AP, USAToday.com)

Yaaay!  Thank you Repubs … I mean if there was one thing I need more of in my life it’s toxic waste and pollution … thank you SOOO much!


1)  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110219/ap_on_re_us/us_congress_spending

2) http://www.usatoday.com/news/topstories/2011-02-19-1724857588_x.htm

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How To Lower Your Natural Gas (Energy) Bill In Winter.

Posted by kristobaldude on June 4, 2010

Lower Your Heating Bills!

Lower Your Heating Bills!

Reducing Home Heating Costs:

  1. Lowering thermostat by just one degree in winter can reduce heating energy costs by 4%Seal leaks and add proper insulation – Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated (ergo, most homes were not very well insulated before 1980 and perhaps still aren’t).

  3. Set programmable thermostat to 58 degrees at least 8 hrs a day (i.e.: while you are at work or sleeping)

  5. Close fireplace dampers to prevent warm air from escaping

  7. Bath and exhaust fans can suck out a houseful of warm air in only 1 hour! Turn off fans as soon after 15-20 minutes

  9. Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day

  11. Use trees strategically planted

  13. Change or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season (fall-winter-spring).

  15. Use registers to direct warm airflow across the floor, since it will naturally rise and fill the room.

  17. Make sure your furnace receives a professional “tune-up” each year

  19. Installing storm windows, or plastic film over single pane windows can save $50 to $125 per year.

Source: Alliant Energy – Personal Energy Usuage Report for Winter 2008

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