Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa just signed LA’s historic ban on single-use plastic bags into law! With this historic achievement, 1 in 3 Californians now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban. With LA, 78 California cities and counties have taken action. Onward!


"Sea Lion Rescue" launched

Environment California just launched a new project with a coalition of groups to save California sea lions. Over the past few months, over a thousand sea lions have washed up on our shores sick and starving. They need immediate care, but shelters are over capacity. Click here to learn how you can help.

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Legislature Misses Opportunity to Pass Ocean Protection Bill

Sacramento, CA - In the final day of the legislative session, the State Senate failed to act on AB 298 (Brownley), a bill to ban single-use plastic bags statewide. This bill would have been a major step forward in protecting the Pacific Ocean from plastic pollution.

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Plastic bag manufacturer rallies against plastic bag ban

Sacramento — Joined by their lobbyists and allies, a score of representatives from a California plastic bag manufacturer rallied on the Capitol steps to oppose a statewide plastic bag ban. Despite this industry opposition, the bill, SB 270 (Padilla, de León, and Lara), has won the support of numerous environmental organizations, the California Grocers Association, the California Retailers Association, labor, reusable bag manufacturers, the City of Los Angeles, and communities around California. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California issued a response to the plastics industry event.

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San Rafael Passes California’s 100th Plastic Bag Ban

San Rafael—The City Council voted unanimously tonight to ban single-use plastic shopping bags citywide. San Rafael is the 100th California community to ban plastic bags. Nearly 1 in 3 Californians, 12.3 million in all, now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.


Protecting Stornetta

Our coast is incredible. Whether taking in the sandstone cliffs of La Jolla Cove, taking a weekend camping trip to Big Sur or watching whales swim along Point Reyes, every inch of our shoreline offers something special. That is why we worked to hard to expand California’s federally protected coastal landscape, the California Coastal National Monument, to include the 1,600 acres of the Stornetta Public Lands on the north coast.

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Statement on Joint Plastic Bag Ban Bill

Sacramento— Senator Alex Padilla,Senator Kevin de León, and Senator Ricardo Lara have announced a new, joint bill to phase out single-use plastic bags in California. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement:

“Plastic bags are an environmental blight and a threat to wildlife. The success of 90 local plastic bag bans from Arcata to Solana Beach proves that this policy works to protect the environment. I applaud efforts by Senator Padilla, Senator de León, Senator Lara and other leaders to do the right thing for our environment by phasing out single-use plastic bags. I look forward to working with the Senators to ensure the success of this policy."

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Court of Appeal grants Environment California’s motion, upholds plastic bag ban

San Francisco – The California Court of Appeal has definitely affirmed California’s cities’ right to protect the environment by banning single-use plastic bags. The Court today agreed to publish its unanimously decision to uphold San Francisco’s plastic bag ban in a December 10 decision, creating a legal precedent on which other cities may rely. Today’s ruling sets the stage for more cities to adopt local laws phasing out plastic bags, and to strengthen their existing laws by expanding them to include restaurants.

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Ventura plastic bag ban moves ahead

Ventura—The Ventura City Council voted tonight to draft a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags. City staff will develop an ordinance, based on a region-wide model, and return for a final vote as early as this fall. To date, 90 California local governments have already banned plastic bags, only 10 away from 100.

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In Latest Victory, Court of Appeal Upholds San Francisco Plastic Bag Ban

San Francisco – A unanimous California Court of Appeal upheld San Francisco’s expanded plastic bag ban, marking the latest in a string of victories for local laws phasing out single-use plastic bags. The lawsuit, brought by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, had disputed the procedures San Francisco used to expand its plastic bag ban in 2012 and the legality of banning plastic bags in restaurants. This is the first appellate court to consider the restaurant issue. Today’s ruling sets the stage for more cities to adopt and strengthen local laws phasing out plastic bags.