Strolling down the streets of Manhattan, it’s common that you’d see one of three things: sticker stuck to a lamppost, a guitarist hustling for his lunch, or plastic bags covering street sides. Plastic has been known to be a bit problematic in the past few years, as plastic straws quickly became a problem, along with the tons of it floating in the ocean. Several states have already taken the extra step by banning plastic bags in grocery stores, restaurants and more, but is it really a situation if New York isn’t involved?
March 1st, 2020, New York will implement a state-wide ban on plastic bags from most businesses, grocery stores, and restaurants. Plastic will be still be used in some cases such as wrapping raw meat, but you will be prompted to bring your own bag. As for paper bags, patrons will now be charged 5 cents per bag. Ok, but what does that really mean?
When running errands and shopping, your items will no longer be bagged in a plastic bag. You will be required to either purchase a store’s reusable bag, bring your own bag, or carry your items out in your hands. Canvas bags and reusable bags will be your best friend if you live in NY. So far, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon, and Vermont have banned single-use bags.
According to the Department of Sanitation, about 10 billion plastic bags are discarded each year in the city, with workers picking up more than 1,700 of them each week. Because billions are used only once, it not only causes more waste, but it just isn’t an effective way to sustain in terms of recycling. “Plastic bags are particularly troublesome as contaminants in our recycling as they often clog machinery, and we’ve all seen plastic bags stuck in city trees around the city,” says The Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia to Patch.
Are you ready for the plastic ban? Our good friend Ant Blue sells tote bags that not only help the environment but go with any look you rock. Our friends from BAGGU offer a selection of reusable bags that fit any mood or outfit as well. While we understand this change may not be the most convenient, sustainability is the key to a longer and more luscious environment. BYOB!