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If you buy groceries in Los Angeles, California, you soon may have to bring your own reusable shopping bags with you.

A Los Angeles city councilman has proposed the outright ban of both plastic and paper disposable shopping bags at LA grocery stores. Instead of polluting the oceans with billions of plastic bags and adding to litter with wasteful paper bags, LA shoppers will be expected to use their own bags or purchase reusable ones at the city’s supermarkets.

From the LA Times:

By including paper bags in the ban, the proposal goes beyond similar measures taken recently by other California cities and counties. Although L.A. County, Santa Monica and other municipalities have banned plastic bags in recent years, most have allowed stores to sell paper ones for a small fee.

According to the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, LA uses 2.3 billion plastic bags and 400 million paper bags each year with only 5% and 21% recycled, respectively.

Over from LA to the UK, where a newly opened supermarket in the village of Somersham, Cambridgeshire, has agreed to not use disposable plastic bags.

Tesco, the largest supermarket chain in the UK and the third largest retailer in the world, recently opened a small ‘Express’ supermarket in the village. Somersham has been plastic bag-free for three years.

Read more on that story on BBC News.