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#EcoTuesday: Why We Should Stop Using Plastic Bags in 2020

person holding a cloth bag and a plastic bag. Cloth bag has a green check mark and the plastic bag has a circle slash over it

Did you know that the average American uses 25,000 plastic bags in their lifetime? It’s not an easy fact to swallow considering that plastic bags can take anywhere from 10 to 1,000 years to decompose. Now or Never has the facts on the impact of plastic bags on the environment.

Thankfully cities and countries like New York, Mexico City and France are banning plastic bags and other single-use plastics in 2020. In a victory for the environment, more and more places are beginning to prohibit things like plastic bags, utensils, straws, cups, and more. 

New York’s ban on plastic bags begins on March 1, so get those reusable bags ready, New Yorkers! Mexico City has a ban on plastic bags that started on Jan 1. France banned single use utensils, plates and cups on the same day, while working to ban all single-use items by 2040.

Many other states are enacting bans across their cities as well. You can find a full list here. If you don’t see your city or state on the list, talk to your local and state representatives and make your voice heard on issues surrounding environmental impact and climate change as the 2020 election approaches.


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