The city of Los Angeles is giving away reusable totes to get residents use to the plastic-bag ban that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.
The totes, which cost $5 a piece to make, are being made by nonprofit organizations that help veterans and former gang members. The totes will be made out of recycled materials and will be given away for free. Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz is raising money to help with the manufacturing of the totes. The groups creating the totes have already received a $25,000 donation from the art studio, Metabolic Studio, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The law banning plastic bags will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. Smaller retailers will have until July 1, 2014 to stop using plastic bags. Retailers will still be able to sell paper bags for 10 cents a piece, but lawmakers hope that people will move to using reusable totes, the L.A. Times notes.
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