San Francisco's ban of plastic bags in large grocery storesâ€"which goes into effect todayâ€"has brought international attention to the issue of deadly plastic bag litter. Up to one trillion plastic bags are discarded annually world-wide, many of which are blown into the marine environment where they have extracted an as yet unknown toll on marine wildlife. Indeed, plastic fragments have become a ubiquitous feature of our marine environment, showing up in most autopsied marine wildlife and found in startling quantities in sand worldwide.
Large San Francisco grocers now must only distribute compostable plastic bags or recyclable and compostable paper bags made from recycled content. Oakland and Fairfax, which have attempted to duplicate San Francisco's ban, are currently fighting off a lawsuit brought against them by plastic bag manufacturers.
CAW and Plastic Bags