Whether through bans, taxes, or simple acknowledgment of the problem — people and countries across the globe are waking up to the scourge of plastic invading our natural environments. And in countries throughout Africa, they’re taking aggressive steps to reduce usage and impacts — particularly of plastic bags.
It’s a local story because the impacts of plastic are in North Dakota, too. It’s been a topic of commentary in the past as well as a rallying point for a community effort to reduce usage. It was also the topic in front of the ND Legislature this past session. HB 1200 was successfully passed in both houses and signed by the Governor; it prevents local jurisdictions from regulating plastic bags and ancillary containers like straws in any form.