Plastic produce bags are a thing of the past!
California, on the leading edge of environmental sustainability, became the first state to ban plastic produce bags. Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB1046 into law, which declares that effective January 1, 2025, any store in California shall not provide a “pre-checkout bag” to customers unless it meets State of California criteria as recyclable or is labeled compostable. This follows the state ban on plastic checkout bags in 2016.
David Suzuki said, “We humans have become dependent on plastic for a range of uses, from packaging to products. Reducing our use of plastic bags is an easy place to start getting our addiction under control.”
Plastic bags, such as checkout or produce bags, start as fossil fuels. According to biolocialdiversity.org, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which requires 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. Further, it only takes about 14 plastic bags to be the equivalent of gas used to drive one mile.
How many produce bags do you bring home every week?