Austin Texas : Ban the Bag

I think of Texas as the king of non-renewable resources and the last place to consider a plastic bag ban, but this week Austin "considers whether to impose a wide-ranging ban on plastic bags."

"Exchanges like this are increasingly common around the world, as communities wrestle with questions about regulating shopping bags distributed at checkout counters. Already countries including China and Ireland and cities including Mexico City have adopted bans or taxes in some form on plastic bags. On Tuesday, officials in San Francisco voted to expand a ban already in place on plastic bags and to require shoppers to pay 10 cents each for paper bags."

Read more in today's New York Times article:
Should Plastic Bags Be Banned?

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