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January 16, 2008

Citywide plastic-bag bans are gaining momentum. But will companies be the ones that force us to change?

Fast Company 11.2007

After the plastic water bottle, you couldn't do much better than the plastic shopping bag as a symbol of American consumerism run amok. We go through 380 billion a year. An estimated 5.2% get recycled; in landfills, they could last 1,000 years. Bags are made from oil, and our bag habit costs us 1.6 billion gallons each year. That last statistic, and its link to global warming, is starting to drive change.

See how four high-profile programs rate: Walmart, Target, Whole Foods and Ikea.

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