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The Los Angeles Times reports that "with a plastic-bag ban set to go into effect in Los Angeles on the first of the new year, city officials are launching a campaign to get residents in the habit of using reusable totes.

"The city has teamed up with environmental groups and nonprofit organizations that work with veterans and former gang members to produce a line of bags made from recycled or repurposed materials … Making the bags will cost about $5 each, according to Jim Cragg, who runs a nonprofit that puts veterans to work. His group, Green Vets L.A., will construct the bags out of donated material. Homeboy Industries, an organization that provides jobs and other services to ex-gang members, will screen-print designs on the totes."
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