Press Release (ePRNews.com) - MANCHESTER, England - Dec 09, 2016 - The Vons and Pavilions stores in Santa Monica are known to have been selling customers “reusable” plastic bags instead of providing the usual, more environmentally-friendly paper bags. The plastic bags used by them are made of thicker plastic than the old one. They were available at a price of 25 cents. The paper bags, when they were available, cost 10 cents.
The increased use of Plastic Carrier Bags became a major cause of pollution for all of us. It became mandatory to get rid of these bags in order to safeguard our natural resources. The use of Plastic Bags and their disposal in the open resulted in their eventful settlement in storm drain outlets and the ocean. As a result, these bags harm many types of marine and flying wildlife, some of whom eat the bags, clogging their intestines, and others of which get caught in the bags. Thus, Santa Monica voted to ban plastic bags at various retail stores in 2011. The City of Los Angeles followed with their own plastic bag ban in 2014. According to a survey, the average free plastic bag is used 12 minutes before being thrown in the trash or released as litter. Less than 5 percent of plastic bags are recycled. Littered plastic bags stay in the environment for decades.
In order to ban plastic bags in 2011, environmental groups like Heal the Bay and many others insisted on banning plastic bag which has created a global “plastic pollution plagues.” They also said that plastic bags must no longer be available at grocery stores, clothing shops or other retailers, although restaurants may use them for takeout food. Smaller plastic “product bags” with no handles, like those used for produce, are allowed for public health reasons. The ban on plastic bags was initially proposed in 2009 but it could not be materialized due to some issues.
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