Bang

“California’s first-in-the-nation state ban on single-use plastic grocery bags … has triggered a harsh reaction from plastic bag manufacturers. … ‘You just take it back to the grocery store and stuff it into a container and it gets recycled,’ said Jon Berrier, a spokesman for the American Progressive Bag Alliance, which is funding the effort to repeal the ban.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/30/us-usa-california-bags-idUKKBN0K81KT20141230)

A berrier for progress?

Bagged

“A visitor to the [Scottish] Western Isles photographed a rare red-throated diver with a plastic bag in its beak. … It is depressing to think that plastic bags are even reaching remote lochans in a place like North Uist.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/372353-rspb-careless-disposal-of-plastic-bags-puts-marine-birds-at-risk)

The red-throated diver is threatened by the expanding range of the mainland white-polythene carrier.

Bagnorance

“An increase in demand for bags for life was expected in Wales following the introduction of the charge [for single-use plastic bags], as consumers got used to reusing their bags and purchased enough bags for life for their shopping needs. However, there is a potential risk that many consumers start treating a low-cost reusable plastic bag as a ‘throwaway bag’ and discard it prematurely.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/24/bags-for-life-5p-charge-wales)

Consumers who thus pervert the environmental purpose of the scheme are now required to place a reusable bag over their head before disposing of the contents.