California Bans Plastic Bags California Bans Plastic Bags

California Bans Plastic Bags

by Patrick James

June 5, 2010
Acting on what the Los Angeles Times describes as "a flurry of new bills," California lawmakers have voted to ban single-use plastic bags at supermarket checkout stands. (Retailers will still offer paper bags, but those will cost a nickle each.) We've come a long way since San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban the bags—whose ghastly environmental impact far outweighs their utility—in 2007.

For a state that uses 19 billion of those bags a year, this is big news. For Californian shoppers, it looks like there's finally incentive to stop leaving your reusable bags at home.

Oh, and there are even rumors of a United Nations led global ban down the road.

Photo: A close-up of some of the 60,000 plastic bags used in the United States every five seconds, from Chris Jordan's series, "Running the Numbers".

Via Gawker

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