California fights the Plastic Bag Monster

California fights the Plastic Bag Monster

California is poised to be a leader on the international stage by finally ending the paper vs. plastic debate. State bill AB 1998 tackles the true root issue: Single-use, disposable bags are an unnecessary waste of natural resources and are harmful to the systems that support life on this planet. If passed, the bill would take effect on July 1, 2011.

State bill AB 1998 specifically:

  • Prohibits all supermarkets, retail pharmacies and chain convenience stores from distributing single-use plastic and paper carryout bags to their customers at point of sale.
  • Does not apply to bags that are used to carry bulk items, produce or raw meat to the checkout.
  • Requires stores to make reusable bags available for purchase instead of using single-use carryout bags.
  • Requires a report to the legislature on the effectiveness of this policy, including recommendations to further encourage the use of reusable bags by consumers and retailers, and the feasibility of expanding the policy to cover other retail establishments.

Let’s do our part to get rid of the Plastic Bag Man. Make a pledge to stop using one-use bags and Mama will send you a reusable tote bag.

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Let’s do this together!

– Mama


17 Responses to “California fights the Plastic Bag Monster”
  1. Lucia says:

    I couldn’t agree more! this is such a great idea i wish more city would take the same stand!! I hate seeing so many bags, paper or plastic being tossed away.

  2. Vero F says:

    I pledge to try my hardest to always remember to bring my re-usable bag, even if it takes me 3 minutes to walk back to the house and get it! Thanks for posting this !

  3. sherry simon says:

    i make the pledge!! no more plastic bags will i use for shopping, taking my own

  4. Susan says:

    That is a great idea, I wish we could do that here in R.I. Kudos to you !!

  5. Melissa Berliner says:

    I pledge to try harder to not use plastic bags anymore. It’s been a difficult switch for me, but I’m still trying!

  6. Lin Haley says:

    Love it!

  7. Paula says:

    I pledge to remember to use my re-usable bags when I go clothes shopping etc, not just for groceries! And I’m going to make some mesh produce bags to reuse also….

  8. Jen says:

    Great Idea but sometimes the I forget my bags.

  9. Charm says:

    Your site is full of inspiration!

  10. Marva Gresham says:

    I try to use re-usable bags whenever possible. We ALL need to do our part. I would love to be sent a re-usable tote.

    Thanks, Marva

  11. Ellie Reinhardt says:

    i pledge to use my reusable bags. i keep them in the car i: put them back after emptied, so i don’t forget them when i go shopping. i do not like the single use bag

  12. Ellen Ogden says:

    I want to be contacted to get the reusable shopping bag, please. Thank you. Ellen Ogden

  13. Nancy says:

    I keep my bags in the car, so I always have one at the ready for those quick stops at the store.

  14. Donna says:

    Europe has been using cloth bags and charging for paper bags for years and it works wonderfully! If you have to pay for your bags, you generally remember to bring your own! I will continue to use my Trader Joe and European cloth bags. I pledge to not use another plastic bag! I also carry many items or put them in my messenger bag rather than use plastic bags. Every little bit helps!

  15. I make the pledge…already doing the re-usable bag thing as long as I remember to take them with me!
    Another something to get used to! 🙂

  16. Judy says:

    I make the pledge to not use anymore plastic bags and to start using a tote instead. Please contact me and I would love to receive and start using a tote. Thanks

  17. Gail says:

    I try to remember to reuse my bags