Italy bans the plastic bag

As of New Year’s Day, single-use plastic bags are banned in Italy. This law is good news for the environment, as Italians use about 20 billion plastic bags a year, according to the Huffington Post, and produce a quarter of all plastic bags in Europe.

According to Italian environmental organization Legambiente, this will save 180,000 tons of CO2 emissions and decrease ocean pollution and animal endangerment.

This is a big step towards being All Green! More information on this topic can be found here and here.

California tried and failed to pass a similar ban in August 2010. It failed because opponents claimed that it went too far to regulated personal choice. Do you think that this is true? What would the pros and cons for a similar law in the U.S. be?

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