Hooray for Italy. Italy is the latest country to have banned plastic shopping bags, and the ban went into effect on January 1st of this year. The bag ban gained steam after a grass-roots movement submitted petitions from over 100,000 Italians to their government. Several large Italian cities had already imposed a ban on the bags, so it didn’t take much political capital for Italy to require stores to use biodegradable bags. Italy’s actions will reduce Europe’s usage of over 100 billion plastic bags annually by 20%. Outstanding! Continue reading Plastic Bags Heading for Extinction?