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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Following some progressive leaders like the state of California (U.S.) and the entire country of Chile, the state of Rio de Janeiro will ban bags made with petroleum-based plastics from commercial establishments, such as supermarkets, within eighteen months.

Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão (Bigfoot) sanctioned the Law 8.006 yesterday, Tuesday, June 26th, which was published in the Official Gazette. According to governor Pezão, "This law aims to raise awareness about the serious problem of pollution with plastic bags."

The deadline for small businesses in Rio to replace . . .

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