Living in New Mexico is different then my old home town of Florida. Most store’s in New Mexico don’t have plastic bags. You have to bring them, or if they do… They charge you .10 a bag.
I thought it ridiculous at first, but being here about a year, I can see that it certainly seems to work. I see less bags “flying” on the side of the road, among other things. I think we should all take the lead of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica wants to become the world’s first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021.
The Central American nation intends to replace these wasteful, ocean-clogging items—such as plastic store bags, straws, coffee stirrers, containers and plastic cutlery—for biodegradable or water-soluble alternatives, or products made of renewable materials (think plant starches).
The initiative is led by Costa Rica’s Ministries of Health and Environment and Energy with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and from local governments, civil society and various private sector groups.
Costa Rican government officials announced the country’s ambitious plan on June 5, World Environment Day.