plastic bags en "Plastics Unwrapped" puts eyes on everyday objects at Burke Museum <p></p><p>The&nbsp; University of Washington’s 113 year-old <a href="">Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture </a>is debuting a new look and feel. Curators there say they want people to think more about everyday objects and how they evoke our place in the world.</p><p>“The Life Before You” is the new tag line encouraging visitors to discover and explore the Burke’s collections. First up, as the rebranding rolls out, is a new temporary exhibition called <a href=""><em>Plastics Unwrapped.</em> </a></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:12:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7437 at "Plastics Unwrapped" puts eyes on everyday objects at Burke Museum Unexpected consequence of Seattle's bag ban: Carrying stuff <p>It&rsquo;s been a month since single-use plastic shopping bags <a href="">were banned in Seattle</a>. Now, if you buy groceries, clothes or pretty much anything else, you can either bring your own bag or pay 5 cents for a paper one.&nbsp;</p><p>At KPLU, some of us have had to admit it &ndash; instead of paying the 5 cents, we loaded our arms with our new purchases and tramped off to our car/bus/home.</p><p>And, we&rsquo;re not alone.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 01:15:00 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5840 at Unexpected consequence of Seattle's bag ban: Carrying stuff Seattle gets drastic on plastic <p>Seattle&#39;s ban on (some) plastic bags starts July 1st. Seattleites will still be able to get paper bags at the checkout at a nickel a shot for the big ones.&nbsp; Or do what any smart KPLU&#39;er would &ndash; Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Dick Stein 5407 at Seattle gets drastic on plastic Would-be first plastic bag ban in Idaho goes down <p>Voters in a small Idaho town have defeated what would have been the state&#39;s first ban on plastic grocery bags. The measure in Hailey, Idaho went down with only 42 percent in favor in Tuesday&rsquo;s election.</p><p>It was a group of local teens that collected the signatures to get the bag ban on the ballot. Lex Shapiro is co-president of the high school environmental club. She says her group&rsquo;s campaign was out-funded by the plastic bag manufacturer Hilex Poly, which owns a nearby plastic bag plant.</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:24:19 +0000 Jessica Robinson 3157 at Plastic bag opponents make their case city-by-city <p>NEWPORT, Ore. &ndash; Advocates of banning plastic grocery bags are taking their cause to smaller cities. An effort to ban the bags statewide failed in both the Oregon and Washington legislatures this year.</p><p>Now, supporters are making their case to city councils across the Northwest.</p><p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 23:38:43 +0000 Chris Lehman 2347 at Bellingham bans disposable plastic bags <p>BELLINGHAM, Wash. &ndash; The Bellingham City Council has approved a ban on single-use plastic bags in an effort to cut down on litter and pollution.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:38:52 +0000 The Associated Press 2066 at Bellingham bans disposable plastic bags