From today’s New York Times:
In 2002, Ireland passed a tax on plastic bags; customers who want them must now pay 33 cents per bag at the register. There was an advertising awareness campaign. And then something happened that was bigger than the sum of these parts. Within weeks, plastic bag use dropped 94 percent. Within a year, nearly everyone had bought reusable cloth bags, keeping them in offices and in the backs of cars. Plastic bags were not outlawed, but carrying them became socially unacceptable â€” on a par with wearing a fur coat or not cleaning up after oneâ€™s dog.
In January almost 42 billion plastic bags were used worldwide, according to reusablebags.com; the figure increases by more than half a million bags every minute.
Wonder what that translates into in terms of barrels of oil.
I get funny looks every time I take out my “holds a hundred pounds of groceries” big blue Ikea bag at the local supermarket. What IS up with that?
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