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One Step Closer to California Ban of Single-Use Bags

Today, in a very close vote, the California state Assembly approved an initiative to ban single-use plastic and paper bags from being handed out at stores. This measure, which would take effect in 2012, would make California the first state in the nation to ban the dispensing of single-use bags. Shoppers would be required to bring their own bags, buy paper bags made of at least 40% recycled material, or purchase reusable bags. The bill is now headed to the Senate for consideration.

We at Sustainable Living Group are thrilled with this news! Although some cities in California, such as San Francisco, already have bans on plastic bags, a state-wide ban would help push the green lifestyle to the mainstream. We are one step closer to reducing the plastic overflowing our landfills. Since plastic bags have only been around for about 50 years, we have no firsthand evidence on their rate of decomposition. However, scientists hypothesize it takes anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to photodegrade(UV radiation from the sunlight causes the polyethylene’s polymer chains to become brittle). Keep your fingers crossed that the hard work of Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, pays off!

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