This time last year California passed a law that would ban stores to hand out single-use plastic bags for free to customers. But the bag manufacturers and plastics industry have been against it and so far, have delayed the ban until November of 2016. These bags are an environmental hazard and everyone should do everything in their power to avoid using plastic bags until the ban goes into effect in November.
Under the law, stores will be expected to provide its customers with paper bags or bags made out of compostable material at a low cost. But we highly recommend customers to bring in their own reusable bags when they go shopping.
Although California is the first state to pass an initiative like this, some cities, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles have already passed similar laws.
We, at Backyard X-Scapes, always keep the environment in mind when choosing products and running our business. We always make environmental awareness a part of our business plan. With the recent California plastic ban law, we challenge you to reduce the amount of plastic you use in your home.
About 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide in a single year, and unfortunately, that number keeps increasing every year. These bags stay in landfills for over 1000 years or can end up in the ocean where they cause the deaths of one million sea creatures a year.
Doing Your Part by Ditching Plastic Bags
The good news is that everyone can do their part to help preserve the environment. Even though the plastic ban law hasn’t been put into effect yet, you can still refrain from using them when you shop at the grocery store. Keep canvas bags in your car so you’ll remember to bring them with you when you go shopping. If you do happen to use plastic bags once or twice, bring them back to the store. Most large stores are required to have a plastic recycling program so it’s easy for consumers to go green.
With the right mindset and contribution from our neighbors, the California plastic ban law will be sure to be put into effect this coming November. And we hope that other states will follow.