So we hear that 25% of the world now bans plastic bags. With plastic bags as one of the major factors that threaten our environment, we wanted to highlight some places allover the world working to end the plastic bag pandemic and making the switch to reusable grocery bags.
Here is a quick round up of current countries & cities that enforce some form of plastic bag bans with links to articles when the bans made news.
The most current we found are Long Beach, California & Portland, Oregon. The Long Beach plastic bag ban will begin on August 1st and Portland is on board with adopting a plastic bag ban that will take effect on October 15th.
Video: Ban the Bag Rally Portland
Some of the countries and cities below currently have some form of plastic bag ban.
- South Africa
- Parts of Australia
- United States
In the United States:
- San Francisco
- Santa Monica, CA
- Westport, Connecticut
- Edmonds, Washington
- Brownsville, Texas
- Bethel, Alaska
- Some regions of North Carolina
With countries & states nationwide banning plastic bags at retail check out points, remembering to bring your reusable bags is a whole new habit many have to adapt to. With the world's continued effort, perhaps one day, the plastic bag will be considered a rare item.