California Lawmakers Reject Plastic Shopping Bag Ban

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California lawmakers have rejected a bill seeking to ban plastic shopping bags after a contentious debate over whether the state was going too far in trying to regulate personal choice.

Supporters of the bill said the 19 billion plastic bags state residents use every year harm the environment and cost the state $25 million annually to collect and transport to landfills…

Read Full Article, NPR

Paper or plastic? Neither, The WSJ

In California, a Step Toward B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag), The New York Times
The goal is to prompt 21st-century shoppers in California to do what 20th-century shoppers in Moscow did routinely — keep an avoska, or reusable sack, at the ready. China and Bangladesh already have plastic bag bans in place, and the United Nations has called for the bans to go global…