Good news: The plastic bag ban is in effect for Santa Monica. Unsure of why this is such a big deal? Consider the fact that the production of five plastic bags results in two pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Or this: only 5% of the billions (yes, billions) of bags used in the city get recycled.
It's high time: When it comes to bags, using reusable totes is the best way to reduce pollution and greenhouse emissions at the same time.