Bloomberg proposed his plastic bag tax for New York, which includes bags at any department store, restaurant, gas station - everywhere. Aparently Macy's will charge 5 cents per plastic bag.
But, as Fashionista pointed out, will it be effective? Is anyone going to say to themselves, "Gee, this 15 extra cents is really gonna burn me..." Somehow, I doubt it.
Plus, It's hard for me to remember my reuseable totes every time I go to the store, and they're in my car. How is anyone from the city supposed to cary around bags all the time for spur of the moment shopping?
Still, it's a step towards something - and it shows that cities like New York (which uses more energy everyday than most African countries) are thinking about alternatives to help the environment.