The bag ban movement really became a full-fledged movement around 2007 and things have continued to pick up momentum ever since. It seems like every week another city (or two, or three) announces their plans to consider banning single-use plastic bags. We track all of this progress on our bag ban map, so if you want to learn more about an individual ban, check it out. We thought we’d round up a list of some of the most significant bag bans to pass in the U.S. to date, so in no particular order here’s out top 10 list.
In the United States over the last few years, there has been an influx in the debate over regulating disposable plastic bags through fees and bans. Through all of the debate, some of these efforts have been very successful and others have failed. The question becomes, are bag bans the best solution to the plastic bag problem? In order to determine this answer we need to understand the problem.
Reusable grocery bags are gaining in popularity even in areas that do not have single-use plastic bag bans or fees. The most commonly cited reason for going reusable is the environmental perks, or rather, by not using disposable plastic bags shoppers are able to minimize the harm caused by plastic bags. Many retailers are now working to get reusable bags into their customer’s hands for both environmental and economic reasons.
Whether you love them or hate them or even if you don’t really have a strong opinion on them single-use plastic bags are an ubiquitous part of modern life. New York magazine recently published a great piece that succinctly outlines that plight of the plastic bag from humble beginnings to social stigma. The reach and impact of plastic bags extend so much further than just carrying goods home from the store, and these results are pushing a lot of people to take action.
The movement to ban single-use plastic bags in the U.S. is going strong and every week there are new cities and towns either passing bag bans or fees or starting the discussion. To get the big picture of the bag ban movement check out our map. There is so much that can be learned from reviewing the map, clicking through the locations and learning the stories of each city.
The ramifications of disposable plastic bag use is so incredibly far reaching, and even if you think the problems have no bearing on you, that just isn’t the case. From impacts on the food chain, the hassle and expense of cleaning up and the harm caused to wildlife there are a lot of problems that are all started with single-use plastic bags.
Another month brings another round of updates to our plastic bag ban map. The bag ban movement continues to grow, and while there are some disappointments we are pleased to announce that a lot of positive changes have taken place.
There are so many reasons why you should #GoReusableNow and switch to reusable shopping bags. Between the negative impact of disposable plastic bags and the advantages of reusable bags the choice is pretty clear, but we’ve rounded up 20 reasons why you should go reusable now.