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A man leaves with a bag of groceries in a plastic bag made of recyclable material at the Nature Shop on March 28, 2007 in San Francisco, California. The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco approved groundbreaking legislation to outlaw plastic checkout bags at large supermarkets in about six months and large chain pharmacies in about a year. The ordinance is the first such law in any city in the United States and has been drawing global scrutiny this week. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
Can you survive one day without a plastic bag?
That's the question Encinitas officials pose every year on the city's "Day Without a Bag."
The event, first launched in Dec. 2008, was the idea of the Surfrider Foundation, a non profit group working to keep beaches clean.
That year, merchants handed out 5,000 reusable bags to shoppers to help encourage them to stop using plastic.
Organizers say plastic bags cost Encinitas taxpayers thousands in cleanup costs and create an unsightly blight on their community.
The response was so great, that the city-sponsored Environmental Commission told our media partners the North County Times that the promotion will reach outside city limits, inviting San Diegans all over the county to"Rise Above Plastics" and BYOB to stores.