Plastic Bag Bans Continue to Grow in Popularity

Plastic Bag Bans Continue to Grow in Popularity

Since alive first reported on plastic bag bans in 2008, plastic bag bans are being put in motion around the world, the most recent being LA.

Back in March 2008 alive reported on the small northern community of Leaf Rapids, Manitoba that became the first municipality in North America to ban single-use plastic bags in 2007.

Fast-forward four years and a lot has changed. Not only have more and more towns been banning plastic bags, but on May 23 the Los Angeles City Council voted to ban plastic bags (and charge for paper bags), making LA the largest US city to jump on the plastic bag-free trend.

Who knew that a tiny Manitoba town was onto something so huge?

Why ban plastic bags?

  • Plastic bags create a lot of litter, which can dampen a town’s aesthetic
  • Plastic takes a serious toll on environment: they don’t biodegrade, but rather break down into smaller toxic bits that contaminate our Earth and pollute our soil, lakes, and even oceans.
  • We have other options, such as reusable bags.
  • Many plastics act as estrogen mimickers and hormone disruptors, playing havoc with our health.

Where are plastic bags banned?

According to news sources, other places in which plastic bags are also banned or taxed include:

  • various cities in England
  • Mexico City
  • certain cities in India
  • Rwanda
  • Burma
  • Various towns in Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Ireland
  • South Africa
  • China
  • San Francisco
  • Honolulu, Hawaii

Does it work?

Not all of the areas listed above have the same restrictions or regulations regarding their plastic bag ban, and unfortunately, plastic bag bans are occasionally not well enforced. This is the case with certain places in India, according to news sources.

Furthermore, critics have claimed that Honolulu’s recent ban on plastic bags has many loopholes, as many types of plastic bags (such as bags used at grocery stores for consumers to package bulk items, or plastic bags used to wrap damp items such as frozen items) are exempted from the restrictions.

Nevertheless, these bans are an important step in the fight against plastic waste, and with proper enforcement, can play a very positive role in protecting the environment. They also bring much-needed awareness to the issue.

How to reduce your plastic use

Check out our recent article “Plastic in our Oceans” for tips on how to reduce your personal plastic consumption.

Related Stories

Discover

Caught in the Middle

Caught in the MiddleHelp for the Sandwich Generation- Twenty million American adults are caring for aging parents at the same time they\'re raising young children. Known as the Sandwich Generation, the

The Importance of Senior Fitness

The Importance of Senior Fitness- According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), exercise and physical activity are some of the best things older adults can do to stay healthy. Even moderate ex

Grandparent Getaways

Grandparent GetawaysTrips to take with your grandchildren- \"No parents allowed.\" It\'s not a sign on a kid-only clubhouse, it\'s the first rule of travel for memory-making grandparent/grandchild vacatio

Comfortably Aging in Place

Comfortably Aging in PlaceHaving lived in the same ranch house for 55 years, John Heck’s grandparents wanted to make any and all necessary accommodations to allow them to peacefully age in place. Usin

Aging with Vitality, Grace and Confidence

Aging with Vitality, Grace and ConfidenceIt’s one of the great ironies of life: Your reward for surviving the tumultuous teen years, establishing a career and nurturing a family culminates in dry skin

3 Ways Seniors Can Control Prescription Costs

3 Ways Seniors Can Control Prescription CostsFor 55 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, the New Year means any new Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plans, or any changes to your existing pl

Popular Categories