San Francisco’s city council voted Tuesday (March 27, 2007) to become the first U.S. city to ban plastic bags from large supermarkets to help promote recycling. Under the legislation approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors, large supermarkets and drugstores will not be allowed to offer plastic bags made from petroleum products starting in six months. All of this is being done to reduce the amount of plastic bags being consumed and ending up in our landfills and to encourage recycling. Since the city estimates that they use 181 million grocery bags every year this move represents a huge environmental movement. Thumbs up San Francisco!!
Perhaps now is the time to be proactive yourself and stop using plastic bags. It is really not that hard to convert to reusable bags, especially when there are so many stylish options out there. When I made the move to reusable grocery bags I decided to buy a dozen sturdy canvas totes and then I used iron on transfers to decorate the bags with cool environmental graphics. There are also some great options available at one of my favorite online stores…ReusableBags. Just check out the market basket pictured here…gorgeous AND eco-friendly.