One way San Mateo County, CA – where Mixed Bag Designs is headquartered – will be celebrating Earth Day is by implementing a plastic bag ban in all markets and grocery stores. The San Mateo County Reusable Bag Ordinance will require that retailers stop providing plastic bags, promoting a healthier community for citizens by decreasing the use of throw-away plastic bags. Continue reading
This week with a city council vote of 13-1, Los Angeles became the largest metropolis in the United States to ban plastic bags outright and also impose a charge on paper bags. Although the ban has been met with controversy and complaints from both plastic bag manufacturers and Los Angeles citizens, the city council hopes that by promoting reusable bags, it will be a positive step in making the city a healthier and greener environment. The program will take effect later this year and will be modeled after similar initiatives in other California cities including San Jose, San Francisco and Santa Monica, among others. The plastic bag ban affects 7,500 stores, starting with large retailers, requiring them to phase out plastic bags over six months, meanwhile smaller shops have a year.