01 Oct '14, 6pm

Finally! California becomes first state in U.S. to ban plastic bags

Finally! California becomes first state in U.S. to ban plastic bags

The first, and hopefully not the last... This was a long time coming. California's Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill (SB270) that makes his state the first in the U.S. to ban single-use plastic bags. This widens the ban that is already in effect in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles County, among other places, and retailers will have until July 2015 to turn off the litter machine. “This bill is a step in the right direction - it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”Indeed, I hope that other states will follow in California's footsteps, until we eventually have a country-wide ban, or at least a nominal tax, on plastic bags. Flickr /CC BY-SA 2.0 Do you agree that single-use plastic bags should be banned everywhere? Gro...

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