A first-of-its-kind law is hitting Washington, D.C., shoppers, who must pay 5 cents for every plastic or paper disposable bag they use when buying food or alcohol.
Most of the money raised from the new law, which passed the D.C. Council unanimously in June and took effect New Year's Day, will go toward cleaning up the city's Anacostia River. City research has found plastic bags are a major source of the river's trash. USA TODAY
It's official in DC.
As of Jan. 1, 2010, provide your own bag or you will be charged (fined) 5cents
Proposals have been introduced in the Legislatures of Maryland, Virginia and California as well.
I'm confident that my dear readers of Spiral Style are already transporting their newly purchased treasures in fabulous, eco-friendly, reusable bags. If not, here are some ideas to inspire a personal "green" initiative.
Stylish retro design $8.50 Envirosax
Conveniently folds into it's own carry pouch $8.99 The Container Store
Shop for a cause with the Breast Cancer Awareness bag $2.95 Century Novelty
Promote your cause and have bags printed. Give them out as favors, gift bags or sell as a fundraiser.
Zimbabwe bag 4 pack- $24.95 Green World Bags
Made of recycled juice boxes by women in the Philippines $45 Bazurashop
One of my very favorite bags is this HUGE bag from Ikea. Just 59 cents!
You can carry tons in this bag. I always keep one in my car.