Stop Talking And Take Action

It's time for a revolution in the way we shop. In the high street we're routinely handed free bags with just about everything we buy. We too often just dispose of them and come back for more.

The plastic bag is one of the most durable items any of us will ever handle. You just can't get rid of it without incineration (which can cause pollution). Throw it away and it will take decades to decompose.

Yet bags are still being dumped by the billion in landfill sites, despite the risk of damaging the landscape and wildlife for generations.

Indeed, the Chinese can claim better environmental credentials than us on this issue, since they are imposing a ban on free bags from June. But do Americans care about what is happening to our environment?

Manuel Martinez

Project GreenBag, 2200 Market St, San Francisco, CA, 94114, United States