Americans have mixed reactions to the ban on single-use plastic bags. Some people don’t mind the ban because they can carry more groceries in reusable totes. But some people hate the inconvenience of having to remember that tote every time they go to the grocery store.
But regardless of your stance on plastic bag bans, there’s new research showing that plastic bags are making a difference to the environment.
The nonprofit organization Environment America looked at the number of plastic bags in five places where they are banned. New Jersey, Vermont, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Portland, Oregon, and Santa Barbra, California.
These five cities and states alone prevent the use of 6 billion single-use plastic bags each year. This is enough to circle the Earth 42 times.
In total, more than 500 cities and 12 states have banned single-use plastic bags.
“They have a huge impact on the environment. Plastic bags are one of the most wasteful single-use plastic products. They are rarely reused and very difficult to recycle. And, importantly, we… We just need to reduce the amount of plastic we don’t really need,” said Celeste Maylen Swango of Environment America.
In addition to this new study, the nonprofit also has an interactive tool that lets you see how plastic bag bans have affected or will impact your city or state. created.