Environmentalists are constantly being bitten by the law of unintended consequences.
Their well-intentioned, fashionable causes often do more harm than good. Plastic bags have become the important symbol of “evil” as they become banned in town after town primarily for their symbolic worth…
The problem is that, to be as environmentally friendly as plastic bags, cloth bags would have to used over 300 times. But as the UK government study found, the average cloth bag is used only 51 times before being discarded.
Lorne Gunter wrote the very interesting article in Financial Post, and the above are excerpts from that item.