SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Santa Barbara is joining other cities across the country banning single-use plastic bags.

By May 14, large stores within the city will be the first to eliminate plastic bag use. Smaller grocers will have until November to make the change. 

Shoppers will still have the option of walking out with paper bags. Each individual paper bag will cost 10 cents. The change is suppose to make customers think green and go reusable. 

On Earth Day, the impending end of the plastic bag in Santa Barbara is a good reminder for everyone to be ready. 

Earth Day started in 1969. It began in Santa Barbara following a massive oil spill off the California coast. Since those early days, Earth Day has transformed into a worldwide event. 

On April 26 and 27, Santa Barbara's Alameda Park will host the annual Earth Day Festival. This "green" event is in its 24th year and provides everything from a green car show to bike valet. Festival goers are encouraged to ride their bikes and leave the cars at home.

For more information on Santa Barbara's Earth Day Festival visit SBEarthDay.org.