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Blumenfeld said it takes 430,000 gallons of oil to manufacture 100 million bags. Compostable bags can be recycled in the city's green garbage bins and will make it more convenient for residents to recycle food scraps, he said. 80 million Roughly the number of plastic shopping bags distributed in San Francisco each year. 2 to 3 cents Amount each bag costs markets, compared with anywhere from 5 to 10 cents for a biodegradable bag. 4 trillion to 5 trillion number of nondegradable plastic bags used worldwide annually. 430,000 gallons Amount of oil needed to produce 100 million nondegradable plastic bags. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/03/28/MNGDROT5QN1.DTL S.F. FIRST CITY TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS Supermarkets and chain pharmacies will have to use recyclable or compostable sacks Charlie Goodyear, Chronicle Staff Writer Wednesday, March 28, 2007 China Leapfrogs other Nations with Simple Message: Bring Your Own Bag China has never been considered an environmental role model. Given a population of 1.3 billion, unprecedented carbon emissions and a slew of recent lead-toy scandals, many would say the country stands as a — if not the — prime example of environmental failure. Yet, in a bolt from the blue, it looks like the red has embraced green. Yesterday, China’s State Council put a nationwide ban on plastic bags. The cabinet has demanded all stores (from major supermarkets to small shops) go plastic bag-free after June 1. According to the Daily Mail, China uses more plastic bags than any other country. China squanders 37 million barrels of crude oil on plastic bag production every year. The nationwide ban will no doubt help correct China’s tarnished image, especially before the Beijing Olympic Games. ith nations from Ireland to Uganda — and now China — topping the bag-ban list, lets hope the United States will make moves to follow the trend. http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/china-plastic-bags-47010907 by Olivia Zaleski 1-9-2008
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Banning Plastic Bags, Helping Marine Life WorldChanging Team January 10, 2008 8:40 AM China’s surprise crackdown on plastic bags, announced on Tuesday, will prohibit the production and distribution of ultra-thin bags beginning June 1. The ruling bans the manufacture, sale, and use of plastic bags under 0.025 millimeters thick and prohibits supermarkets and shops nationwide from handing out the sacks for free. With the move, China joins a growing list of regions, from San Francisco to South Africa, that are using taxes, bans, and other regulations to try to decrease the prevalence of the ubiquitous bags . Some 4 to 5 trillion plastic bags—including large trash bags, thick shopping bags, and
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