"Every year, Americans reportedly throw away 100 billion plastic grocery bags."- The Worldwatch Institute
"Of the plastic bags used less than 5 percent of plastic grocery bags are recycled in the U.S."- E.P.A
Plastic Bags have a collosal impact on the environment as they are resource intensive, hard to recycle, and can take up to thousands of years to decompose.
In November 2012, City Council passed an ordinance requiring a 10-cent fee for disposable plastic and paper checkout bags at all grocery stores in Boulder, so make sure to BYOB (bring your own bag) to the grocery store!