Approximately two hundred U.S. cities and counties have banned plastic grocery bags or placed restrictions on their use as of 2015.
Did you know that each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags? That represents a huge percentage of the total worldwide (currently estimated at 500 billion). They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, harming wildlife and creating stagnant environments.
The next time you check out, consider bringing your own bags or opting for paper bags instead! Let’s all work together to protect our lakes, rivers and oceans, wildlife and to reduce the growth of landfills in our country.
If you would like to learn more about the different types of legislation being enacted in each state, or to see if your state has any pending legislation, check the National Conference of State Legislation’s website.