Eminently sensibly, California has become the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. Their new
measure requires shoppers to bring their own bags or buy recycled paper
bags for a nickel. Californians use about 19 billion plastic bags a
year. It's a drop in the now-oil-slicked ocean of plastic in the world, but a start.
"You look in trees and there they are. You look in fences
and they're stuck in there. In storm drains after a big rain you see
plastic bag goop, is what you see." - Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, who
sponsored the bill.