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Single-use plastic bags now prohibited in Mexico City

A new law banning plastic bags went into effect in Mexico City Wednesday to promote the use of reusable synthetic fiber bags. The law was passed by Mexico's Congress in May.

Jihadist group bans plastic bags to protect 'humans And animals'

The Somali terror group al-Shabaab, known for deadly attacks on thousands of people across East Africa, has banned plastic bags because of the threat they pose to the environment.

Plastic bags banned in one of world's most populous regions

India's National Capital Region is home to 54 million people, and the use of plastic bags and cups has been outlawed since the first day of January. They join a select club that also includes Puerto Rico and the state of California.

Op-Ed: Plastic bag use rises in Britain for eighth year running Special

London Colney - The British population’s love affair with plastic bags shows no sign of abating. Unlike most countries around the world, the U.K. continues to use more and more plastic shopping bags.

Cutting back on plastic bag use to protect the environment

The average citizen in Europe throws away 200 plastic bags per year. Most of these are used only once. For this reason, the European Union is seeking to phase out plastic bags from stores.

European Union passes limits on plastic bags

In an historic move this past week, the European Union approved a measure that would reduce the consumption of one-use plastic bags handed out in retail stores. The measure is expected to reduce the number of bags used by 75 percent over the next decade.

FTC warns manufacturers not to stretch the truth on plastic bags

If you've seen the term "oxodegradable" on your plastic bag and assume it will quickly decompose, think again. The Federal Trade commission says that these claims are often deceptive.

California bans use of plastic bags by grocery stores

Sacramento - California became the first state to outlaw single-use plastic bags Tuesday, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed an industry-opposed bill to phase out the ubiquitous sacks within two years.

Plastic shopping bags used to make diesel

Plastic shopping bags can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, according to a new study. Furthermore, the by-product can be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels.

Environmentally conscious Hawaii bans plastic bags

About 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Of that number, more than 380 billion are used in the U.S. alone. Plastic bags are a big business in the U.S., but the environmental threat posed by them is even bigger.

Plastic bag recycling available to most Canadians

Toronto - Recycling of plastic carry-out shopping bags is locally available to 93 percent of the Canadian population according to a new study.

Giant slugs march on Angers Cathedral in France's Loire Valley

Angers - Dutch sculptor Florentijn Hofman does not do things by halves, so there was a sense of anticipation when it was revealed that Hofman would be constructing a sculpture in the city of Angers located in Pays de la Loire region in western France.

Op-Ed: Toronto bag fee banned, and so are plastic bags forever

Toronto - Many were not expecting this, yes they wanted to stop the five cent charge for plastic bags, but not ban them forever. But the city decided otherwise, and maybe they didn't know what impact it would have on the public.

Mayor: Toronto city council's ban on plastic bags 'dumbest thing'

Toronto - One day after Toronto's city council voted in favour of not only ending the three-year-old five-cent bag fee, it also approved a motion to ban plastic bags by 2013. Mayor Rob Ford took to the airwaves to call it the "dumbest thing council has done."

Los Angeles approves ban on plastic bags in grocery stores

Los Angeles - Environmentalists won a major victory on Wednesday when the Los Angeles City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines over the next 16 months.

Hawaii the first US state to ban plastic bags

Honolulu - The option to choose paper or plastic is officially coming to an end in sunny Hawaii, the first U.S. state to ban plastic bags.

Several US cities consider plastic bag bans, push reusable bags

Currently several cities in the US are examining the possibility of implementing a plastic bag ban. Disposable plastic bags have been an issue that has been under increased scrutiny because of the environmental impact of consumers not reusing the bags.

Op-Ed: Will the world drown in plastic?

With the looming US debt crisis, famine in East Africa, and mass murder in Norway, why should we be concerned about plastic bags?

Toronto Mayor Ford looking at eliminating 5-cent plastic bag tax

Toronto - After successfully following through on three of his many campaign promises, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is looking at eliminating the 5-cent plastic bag tax that retailers are mandated to charge.

Fishermen find 21 babies in plastic bags in Chinese river

Beijing - In a river in eastern China, fishermen stumbled upon 21 babies inside plastic bags. Local authorities suspect that a nearby hospital dumped the babies as trash.

Mexico City bans stores from distributing plastic bags

On Wednesday, hundreds of stores in Mexico City have become green after a new law that will order businesses to stop selling thin plastic bags that are not biodegradable.

Op-Ed: Paper or Plastic? If the Answer is Plastic it Will Cost You

Paper or plastic seems like an old question, but actually it’s only a couple of decades old, and if California state legislators get their way the question will be “paper or do you want to pay a quarter for each plastic bag?”

Op-Ed: Save The Plastic Bag Movement Is More Than Meets The Eye

Stephen Joseph started the In April 2007 after San Francisco banned plastic bags he was approached by plastic bag manufacturers who wanted him to help them defeat the bans.

Ontario Teen Finds Way to Avoid Mountains of Plastic Bags

When Daniel Burd, 16, was doing his science fair project he latched onto the idea that plastic bags could be broken down much quicker than 1,000 years. The kid was right. His reseach shortens break down time into a mere 3 months.

Op-Ed: Plastic Bags, The Bane Of Society?

The evil of plastic bags is making the news again. More and more communities are banning the use of the easy sacks in favor of reusable bags. It's a great idea but how bad are those plastic jewels of the dump to begin with?

China Bans Plastic Bags and Cracks Down on Stores That Carry Them

China has banned production of all plastic bags, and also demanded that supermarkets and shops cease to hand out free bags beginning June 1. This is the latest action against the plastic bag, which survives in landfills for up to 1,000 years.

Only 5 Percent of 380 Billion Plastic Bags Recycled Every Year

After the plastic water bottle, plastic bags are the biggest waste generated in the US and worldwide. More than 380 billion plastic bags are used every year, and only 5.2% of plastic bags are recycled. The others remain in landfills for 1,000 years.

Plastic Bags Banned In San Francisco

San Francisco becomes the first U.S. city to outright ban plastic shopping and grocery bags.

San Francisco lawmakers vote to ban plastic bags

San Francisco would be the first U.S. city to ban plastic bags from large supermarkets to help promote recycling

Bottled water and plastic bags

That English reviewer, Giles Coren, has a valid point about bottled water, and I've got one to make about the overuse of plastic bags.

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Digital Journal gives a big Green Thumbs Up to New Delhi, India, Puerto Rico and California for tyheir ban on disposal plastic bags.
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Digital Journal gives a Green Thumb's Up to New Delhi, India, Puerto Rico and California for taking action to ban plastic bags.
Al-Shabaab has banned the use of single-use plastic bags in territories they control.
Al-Shabaab has banned the use of single-use plastic bags in territories they control.
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The plastic bag ban went into effect in Mexico City on January 1  2020.
The plastic bag ban went into effect in Mexico City on January 1, 2020.

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