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In Backlash in The Echo of September 11, your contributor says ‘surely this will make you give up plastic bags if you haven’t already’.

Well, I haven’t given up plastic bags and I don’t intend to.

All of the plastic bags my family get – from Woolies, Coles, the IGA, the newsagent, whoever – are collected together and the next time I got to Woolies or Coles are put in the bag recycling bin at the entrance to the store.

I intend to continue this practice. How is the environment being harmed by it?

Plastic bags are produced from polymers derived from petroleum. The amount of petroleum used to make a plastic bag would drive a car about 11 metres. See more interesting facts at http://www.environment.gov.au/settlements/waste/plastic-bags/index.html – Ed


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  1. The issue isn’t just disposing of the plastic bags (although even recycled bags do end up in the wrong place) it’s also about the energy cost in producing them. Recycling is a good way to reduce the cost to the environment, but it’s not the final answer. Not using them in the first place is the way to go.

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