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fantastic news in this morning’s l.a. times!
on tuesday, the l.a. county board of supervisors passed a sweeping ban on single use plastic bags that hopefully, will become a statewide model. the largest in the nation, the ordinance will effect cities outside of l.a.’s incorporated areas (about 1.1 million residents). it is a complete ban on plastic shopping bags and imposes a 10 cent surcharge on the use of paper bags. phase one will begin in july 2011 and by january 2012, will be in full force. it’s an incredible first step.
according to the article:
In Los Angeles County alone, 6 billion plastic bags are used each year, an average of 1,600 bags per household a year. Government figures show that only about 5% are recycled.
images from 5gyres.org
image from discovery.com
all that plastic isn’t going anywhere. it is breaking down into tiny particles that are then eaten by wildlife (and eventually by us). as you may know a portion of our profits go to both the surfrider foundation and 5 gyres. if you have a moment, check out the 5 gyres photo album, i’m sure you will be as incensed as we are when you see what we are doing to our oceans and our planet.
on a more positive note, as soon as the irishman figures out the techy-tech stuff on the website, modernest will be having a
to celebrate! so please stay tuned!
- L.A. County bans plastic bags (seattlepi.com)
- Plastic bag ban OK’d in parts of L.A. County (msnbc.msn.com)
- L.A. Co. supervisors approve plastic bag ban (abclocal.go.com)
- Los Angeles County to Implement the Largest Ban on Plastic Bags in the US (greenpacks.org)