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According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. To put that into context, the average family accumulates 60 plastic bags, in only four trips to the grocery store.
Those plastic shopping bags are only used for an average of just 12 minutes.
In case you missed it, on March 1st, New York City (which uses 23 billion of that 100 billion annual) will ban most plastic shopping bags (hooray!). But what does this mean – and what are the implications?
To start, most plastic bags means that when you go to your corner store, grocery store or favorite clothing shop, plastic bags will be banned. However, plastic bags for things like produce, your morning newspaper, or your prescription from the pharmacy, will still be allowed.
Even with some exceptions to the ban, it's a great step in the right direction and a fantastic opportunity for all of us to take steps towards a more sustainable, plastic-free life, however big or small.