Plastic bag in a tree

A big win for the environment: Washington single-use plastic bag ban takes effect

Washington chooses wildlife over waste as its new single-use plastic bag ban becomes official.

 | 
John Stout
Content Creator

Author: John Stout

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Pomona College

John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.

Washington chooses wildlife over waste as its new single-use plastic bag ban becomes official.
 
On Oct. 1, Washington's new single-use plastic bag ban went into effect — and it's cause for celebration. Moving forward, retailers statewide will no longer distribute single-use plastic bags and will instead provide customers who do not bring their own bag with a paper or reusable bag for a small fee. This law, championed by Sen. Mona Das and Rep. Strom Peterson, will help protect Washington's ocean, rivers and wildlife from the harm caused by needless plastic pollution.
 
“Most plastic bags are used for only a few minutes before being thrown away, so implementing this law and promoting reusable bags are important steps in the right direction," said Pam Clough, acting director of Environment Washington. "Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment for centuries.”
 
The tide is turning on plastics nationwide. A growing number of states are passing legislation designed to reduce waste and ban plastic pollution, as documented in a recent report, "Trash In America," released this week by our national research partners at Environment America National Research Policy Center.
 

Read more about this victory.

Lean more about our Wildlife Over Waste campaign.

ACT NOW

It’s time to put wildlife over waste across the country. That’s why we’re calling on Whole Foods to do its part in addressing our plastic waste crisis.

Call on the grocer to eliminate all single-use plastic packaging from its stores today.

Photo: Plastic bags are only used for a few minutes on average, but often harm our environment for hundreds of years. Credit: Ludovikus via Shutterstock

John Stout
Content Creator

Author: John Stout

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Pomona College

John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.