Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ban Press Release . . .
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NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 May 2012 CITY OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY MAKES HISTORIC CONSERVATION DECISION City Council Votes to Make City Largest to Ban Single-use Plastic Bags Oakland, California – 24 May 2012 -- The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education (COARE), applauds the Los Angeles City Council for its decision yesterday to ban single-use plastic carryout bags within city limits. Since its inception, COARE has been actively addressing plastic pollution and attempting to reduce single-use plastic consumption in the U.S. and worldwide. With an overwhelming 13-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council made a clear statement and is poised to save an estimated 2.7 billion single-use bags. Comprising more than four million people, this is the largest municipality in the country to ban plastic bags. Annually, U.S. consumers use 100 billion plastic bags, all of which are derived from fossil fuels. In California alone, consumers use more than 19 billion plastic grocery and merchandise bags each year. "This is a fantastic decision, and proves that California is really ready to make a difference. This vote is consistent with current trends and further encourages similar efforts throughout the State," said Christopher Chin, COARE's Executive Director. "The message is loud and clear. We're telling the world that we've had enough plastic bags." Through its "Enough with the plastic already!" campaign, COARE seeks to reduce the amount of oceanbound waste by helping people become more aware of how their habits affect the world around them. COARE raises public awareness of some very commonly overlooked sources of trash, and encourages people everywhere to examine their choices. About COARE The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education, Inc. (COARE) is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its purpose is to study our oceans and increase public awareness of the earth's marine environment through educational programs and outreach. COARE seeks to enlighten people, young and old, to the plight of the oceans, to change the way they think and act, and to encourage them to create positive and lasting change. For more information about COARE, visit http://www.coare.org. Media Contact Christopher Chin, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-510-495-7875 ###