A little less plastic in Italy

Starting on the first of January 2011, the whole country of Italy will ban single-use plastic bags! I’ve heard about many different cities all over the world banning or taxing plastic bags, but never a whole country. Apparently the ban was supposed to take place on the first day of 2010, but it was pushed back a year. According to the TreeHugger article, where I first read about this great news:

Italians use 25% of the disposable plastic bags produced annually in all of the European Union — 20 to 25 billion bags per year, depending on where you find the statistic.

25%! I was really shocked to read that information. This will surely make a grand impact on the world and I can’t wait to see the ripple effects. It’s only a matter of time until other countries jump on this very world-friendly bandwagon.

(Image clickable straight to source: Inhabitat.com)