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Italy bans plastic bags


Italy has taken a major step towards embracing environmental responsibility with a nationwide ban on plastic bags. The country previously had one of the highest consumption rates of bags in Europe, using 20 billion of the earth hazardous bags per year. (That’s more 300 bag a person for anyone who didn’t want to do the math.)

Italy began a gradual phasing out of plastic bags in 2006 and originally set a deadline of January 2010 for total elimination. Opposition from plastic bag producers delayed implementation for a year. Italians will now only have the options of biodegradable, cloth, or paper bags.

Full story at BBC.

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