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Bag Ban: Farmers Markets & Your Sweaty Mushrooms

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When the Santa Monica single-use plastic bag ban goes into effect on September 1st, it could change the way you experience farmers markets in the area. Instead of a straight ban of all bag types in favor of one eco-friendly BYOB alternative, the LA Times notes that the new ordinance will treat different bags...differently.

Though the standard flimsy two handled bags are completely banned and the goal of the new ordinance is to encourage you to carry your farmers market goods in a canvas bag or similar, other bags will be allowed to protect public health.

What types of bags slipped by the ban? Plastic produce bags that come on a roll and are thicker than average grocery story bags made the cut, but can only be used by vendors and only when items are pointy or moist or would easily spill. "Gently used" plastic bags that you can use again (see! not single use!) also made the cut.