Wales has already taken the step of charging for plastic bags in supermarkets and now the fight against carriers has gone global as Los Angeles shoppers will now have to bring their own reusable bags.

A complete ban on single use bags has been issued meaning that there is a real opportunity for companies to hand out reusable cotton bags for people to use instead.

Speaking about the ban, which was passed by the city officials in a 13-to-1 vote, council member Paul Koretz said: “I’m deliriously excited about the passage of this measure.

“Ever since I first heard about the floating plastic island in the Pacific, while I was still in the state legislature, I have been trying to move the ball forward on banning plastic bags in this state.”

“With this action today, we have taken a giant step in that direction. As the largest city in the country to ban plastic bags, I hope we have set an example that the rest of the world will follow. My great thanks go to the Heal the Bay and all the other environmental organisations involved for their years of leadership and activism on this issue,” he is quoted as saying by the San Fernando Sun.

And while shoppers here may think that this issue does not affect them, there is every chance that similar measures will be implemented on this side of the Atlantic in the not too distant future.

Posted by Carl Blackshaw

City of Los Angeles Bans Single Use Plastic Bags, San Fernando Sun