If you want to skip the crazy-making analysis, just go to the last section of the article with this apt header, “Stop depressing me. Tell me what to do.” There are a few useful principles:
- Fees work better than bans on plastic bags
- Reusable bags made from polyester or polypropylene are better than canvas.
Even better, make a bag from non-recyclable trash like dog food/bird seed/horse grain bags. They're really tough. See the one to the right that Richard Sidy's crafty wife, Monique, made from my dog food bag and hay-bale twine using techniques easy enough for a first grader. I can imagine retirement homes making a little business out of this, giving their residents something creative and meaningful to do.