Wednesday, September 14, 2005

got a brand new bag

The introduction of the 15c tax on plastic bags in Ireland has had astonishing results; a reduction in bag consumption of over 90%, with commensurate saved energy and raw materials, cleaner streets, less pollution of land and waterways, less wildlife choked and suffocated, and an increase in awareness of conservation and the need for waste reduction.

The measure is such a clear winner on all fronts that its introduction in the UK is only opposed by those with vested interests; the bag manufacturers, some retailers, and their friends in government.

Thanks to Jim Bliss and his recent blog post, I finally got my shit together and did the article I've been meaning to do on this issue.

It's just been published here.

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