California votes YES on Prop 67 for a plastic-free ocean

Conservation & Science

Thanks to your support, it appears that California voters have passed Proposition 67, upholding the first-in-the-nation law to ban single-use carryout plastic bags statewide.

California’s bag ban would have gone into effect in July 2015—but instead, out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers forced it to a vote. The plastic bag industry pumped millions of dollars into their effort to defeat Prop 67, outspending supporters almost 2-to-1.

tr16-1264 Aquarium California Ocean Policy Manager Letise LaFeir, at right, stumps for Prop 67 with our partners.

Fortunately, the majority of Californians voted YES for a plastic-free ocean. Semi-official results show the state’s voters have also rejected Proposition 65—a deceptive measure placed on the ballot by the same plastic bag manufacturers who forced the referendum. Finally, our state bag ban can kick into gear and serve as a model for the rest of the nation.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium supported Prop 67 and opposed Prop 65.

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