By Ben Cohen
George Monbiot explains why plastic bags really aren't that big a problem compared to CO2 emissions:
Don't get me wrong – I don't like
either. We use too many of them, just as we use too many of all the earth's resources. They litter the countryside and
. But their total impact is microscopic by comparison to almost anything else we do. As environment writer
records in his excellent book
, our annual average consumption of bags produces 5kg of carbon dioxide a year. Total average emissions are 12,500kg.
Plastic bags aren't even a very large component of domestic waste. Plastics in general – according to a study by South Gloucestershire district council
– account for 18% of total household waste. Plastic bags account for
18% of the plastic, which means 3.2% of total waste. Clingfilm (23% of
domestic plastic waste) produces a greater proportion than plastic
On a lighter note, the Global Warming crisis is so severe, the U.S government is seriously considering flying planes up into the atmosphere to spray it with pollutants to reflect the sun rays.