Residents of yet another town are ditching plastic bags, as a ban on their use in stores in Southhampton, New York, takes effect today. The ban was passed in April with widespread support; the law's violation carries a fine of up to $1,000. The goal is to encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to the store with them.
Bans of this type are increasingly common; San Francisco enacted one all the way back in 2007, LA County followed suit this time last year. Now it seems the trend has moved east, and it's about time.
Americans use 380 billion plastic bags a year, only ten percent of those are ever recycled. The rest end up in landfills or in the ocean, contributing to the ever growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch.