Californians used 13 billion plastic bags in 2011. That's roughly 400 bags per second! Far too many of these bags are littered and enter the ocean. Plastic bags are a primary source of litter because they are light and aerodynamic and are easily transported by wind into the watershed. Once littered, plastic bags essentially never biodegrade. Instead the sun breaks them into small pieces that choke and kill sensitive marine species such as turtles and birds.
The Problem of Plastic Bags
Local Plastic Bag Ban Ordinances
Campaign to End Single-Use Plastic Bags
Bag Ban Tool Kit