Green Matter: Little Green Bags

12/08/2011

Back in 1969, when a Dutch band recorded 'Little Green Bag', a groovy little number with a very cool bass riff, no one could have anticipated just what a hot issue little 'green' bags would become by 2011.

But as 2011 comes to a close, it's time to look back at a year which worldwide might well be styled the year of reckoning for plastic shopping bags. In Europe, as in the U.S., debate has raged on whether or not the use of non-degradable, non-compostable single-use plastic bags should be banned, and the use of 'green' bags made mandatory. Numerous cities in states like California and Oregon have already banned the use of these thin-walled PE bags; in Europe, the ban in Italy took effect on January 1, 2011. Bans are also in place in Mexico City, Rwanda, Bangladesh, South Africa, Thailand and three states/territories of Australia. Taxes and environmental levies have been imposed on the use of these bags in a host of other countries....
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