On September 30th, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law the first ever statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S.
Great news for the environment, and saving ocean wildlife that accidentally ingest plastic bags from our oceans (plastic bags can look like jellyfish, a favorite food of sea turtles — and many species of marine turtles are dramatically declining and endangered).
So, how does a plastic bag used on land end up in the ocean? This infographic from Ocean Conservancy shows the 6 degrees of separation…
For details about the California plastic bag ban, see the article on LolaKo.com.
California has a long coastline…so a ban will make a big difference in controlling waste and preventing plastic bags from ending up in the ocean.
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This is terrific news indeed, and let’s hope other states follow soon, and that worldwide, we curb our plastics use —- and prevent needless plastic waste from entering our waterways!