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In Kibera, Kenya's biggest slum, plastic bags are found everywhere — on roofs, on walls and clogging drainage. The Kenyan government says an almost total ban on plastic bags will benefit the environment. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

A man carries plastic single-use bags past the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Starting in July 2015, California could become the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, unless a referendum delays the measure from taking effect. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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