San Francisco Ban's Plastic Grocery Bags: Hitting the ground running today-

San Francisco Ban's Plastic Grocery Bags: Hitting the ground running today-

 

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In San Francisco no longer is the question; Paper or Plastic? Tuesday November 26th marks the birthday for San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags in Grocery and drug stores.

Plastic bags by the numbers. (Borrowed from SFGate.com)

180 million

Roughly the number of plastic shopping bags distributed in San Francisco each year.

2 to 3 cents

Amount each bag costs markets, compared with anywhere from 5 to 10 cents for a biodegradable bag.

4 trillion to 5 trillion

Number of nondegradable plastic bags used worldwide annually.

430,000 gallons

Amount of oil needed to produce 100 million nondegradable plastic bags.

Source: S.F. Department of the Environment; Worldwatch Institute

San Francisco is not the pioneer in banning plastic bags in grocery stores. Ireland has outlawed plastic bags throughout the whole country. I think it’s a great message in California that even the little things count to helping our environment.

What can you do today to make your eco-impact?

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