California became the first state in the nation to ban plastic bags with a ballot measure this past election. San Francisco had passed a ban back in 2007, and the push to ban plastic bags had been growing in the state ever since. The measure passed despite heavy spending from plastic manufacturers in an attempt to defeat the effort. Voters also rejected a measure that would have added a ten cent fee on cloth and alternative bags. The ten cent fee on each cloth bag would have gone to an environmental fund. Plastic bags are a large contributor to pollution, and can be seen almost everywhere these days, from our waterways to our forests. While they are a cheap and easy way to carry our groceries and other goods, they are also an eyesore and contribute to environmental damage, especially impacting wildlife.