What if plastic bags were banned altogether? Not a novel concept – traveling through Brussels recently, we noted a sign informing travelers to Rwanda of the ban on plastic bags.

Called the “national flower” in some countries (bags adorn trees, fences, bushes, etc), plastic bags deplete natural resources, create litter, consume energy to manufacture, add to landfill waste and harm marine life. All good reasons to cut down on plastic bag consumption.

Along with Rwanda, countries that ban or restrict the use of plastic bags include Bangladesh, Italy, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Taiwan. China’s 2008 ban on free plastic bags  has lead to a 66% reduction in consumption within one year.

What are the chances that US states will follow suit?