Posted: 08/03/2013 at 08:31
Here in Wales, we pay for plastic bags - 5p each. I take my own and wholly agree about abandoned plastic bags blowing about, etc. It feels very strange and wasteful when, in England, I am given them freely. However, I know that a lot of 'recycled' stuff does not get recycled because there is nowhere to process it or it is too expensive to send it. (That extract was from a report by the environment agency, btw.) Our lane is too narow for the recycling lorry, so a van is sent down it and the contents of reycling bins are thrown into the back of the van, unsorted. Three guesses what is going to happen to that!
I think a return to greater simplicity is something that many of us would like. Not easy to get, though, when we live in a consumer society. Recession might solve it, though. There is a much greater interest in growing and making your own now.