While Energy Policy Falters, Plastic Bag Laws Multiply
Marsden, South Shields, England. Photo source: ©© Craig Rodway
Archaeologists at work in the Egyptian desert call them “desert blossoms.” Beleaguered city dwellers refer to them as “urban tumbleweeds.” Flimsy, translucent, and so cheap to produce they seem almost free, plastic shopping bags are everywhere.
Across the world, plastic bags have become a target for people who see them as both a pervasive symbol of a throw-away society and as a serious environmental problem…