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In June, we were thrilled when we heard that California's State Assembly passed a bill banning single-use plastic bags. Stores would have to charge 5 cents for every paper bag they dole out, pushing shoppers to bring reusable bags. To become law, however, the bill has to get through the California Senate this Summer. To make sure that it does, SHFT, the pet project of super-green celebrity Adrian Grenier and one of our top five green celebrity websites, recently released a PSA calling for the bill's passage. The PSA, set to music from Radiohead (one of the greenest bands out there), is simple and to the point. Several clips of plastic bags blowing in the wind and ending up in ocean-drifting piles of garbage are accompanied by the words:
Nothing we use for five minutes should pollute our ocean for 500 years. California could be the first state to ban the plastic bag. The vote is this Summer.
Check out the video:
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in May eliminated offshore drilling in California, supports the bag ban, meaning that if the Senate passes the bill, it would almost definitely be signed into law. That would put California, which currently uses 19 billion plastic bags per year, well ahead of the rest of the country in the effort to go green.
So if you live in California, sign a petition to your legislator calling for the bill's passage. Not a resident? You can still help in the fight against the overuse of plastic bags and the growth of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.