Come 2012, lucky Californians will never have to hear the question “Paper or plastic?” again.
That’s right—the state of California is trendsetting once again. The state’s General Assembly passed a bill on June 3 that, if enacted, will ban the use of plastic bags in grocery stores, drugstores, and other convenience stores.
Instead, customers will be encouraged to use reusable cloth totes to do their shopping. They will also have the option to purchase paper bags, made out of partially recycled materials, for an estimated 5 cents per bag.
According to the bill’s author, Assemblymember Julia Brownley, the ban will “eliminate single-use bag litter, which pollutes oceans, beaches, parks and communities and endanger wildlife.”
Now this is something worth celebrating. Why not treat yourself—and the planet—by purchasing a PETA reusable grocery bag?
Be sure to check out our top five reasons to take your own shopping bags to the store.
And, of course, happy shopping!