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Chicago is "Green," Bans Plastic Bags at Farmers Markets

By Amy Mikel in News on Jul 29, 2008 10:10PM

im_not_a_plastic_bag.jpgVendors at any of the 24 Chicago-run farmers markets won’t be able to participate in next year’s selling season unless they stop using plastic bags. The bag ban, imposed by the city of Chicago, is meant to reinforce the city’s message to “go greener.”

Vendors can choose to carry biodegradable bags, while shoppers will be encouraged to bring along their own bags. The Chicago Department of the Environment estimates that each city resident throws away 208 plastic bags each year. [Crain’s]