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Los Angeles bans the bag

June 18 2013 | Victories, Plastics,

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States. Today the LA City Council voted 11-to-1 to prohibit stores from handing out single-use plastic bags. This is important to Surfrider for a few reasons.

First, one of the largest sources of ocean pollution is plastic. Perhaps you've seen the recent ad series? Plastic bags on surfer's faces as they duck dive under waves. Those of us that are in and around oceans, waves and beaches feel this issue first hand.

Second, size matters. When cities this large make shifts the impacts are notable. For example, we're pleased to see the many recent decisions Mayor Bloomberg has made regarding the environment. Los Angeles is not only home to millions of people but it also influences other cities smaller and in other parts of the world.

Third, this win adds to the already strong momentum on this topic. In the past seven and a half years Surfrider, with other partners, have pushed through 61 wins connected to minimizing single-use plastic trash entering our oceans. Success = no plastic entering our oceans... there is still much work to be done.

Lastly, this is one more example of citizens influencing the future of our environment. A win in Los Angeles gives even more heft to the simple and increasingly popular idea that America, the nation, should ban plastic bags.

Great win and kudos to the many people that were deeply involved to make this a reality.

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