On July 1st, 2016, the nation of Antigua and Barbuda started its ban of single use plastic grocery bags. They join a movement to ban or tax single use plastic bags that involves many countries, states, and municipalities including much of Hawaii, Los Angeles, Chicago, the Netherlands, Italy, China, and others. Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment to this issue sets an example that even smaller nations with small economies can prioritize the environment.
Now, because I cannot resist, the sea turtle spin on things… Plastic ingestion by all marine turtles is a major and growing problem. For more on the issue, see this 2014 review paper. Famously, leatherbacks are known to target plastic bags because they resemble the jellyfish that serve as a primary prey item. Marine plastic pollution is a massive problem, and it is nice to see Antigua and Barbuda start to situate themselves on the environmentally-minded side of the issue.
Image courtesy of antiguaobserver.com