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Attention Los Angelinos: It's time to start hoarding those plastic shopping bags you love so much. The Los Angeles City Council voted on Wednesday to phase out plastic bags over the next 16 months. The city will eventually implement a 10-cent charge for paper bags, too.
LA is the largest city to approve a ban on "single-use" plastic bags in supermarkets. The ban is a victory for environmentalists, who campaigned for it for years. The decision did not pass without complaint, however—employees of plastic bag companies and some consumers have voiced concerns over the change.
LA's not the only city that has passed a plastic bag ban. Here are some other places that have similar ordinances:
At this rate, it's only a matter of time before folks with fashionable eco-friendly tote bags no longer stand out in a crowd.
Also, it seems that the British are behind the trend, too: