Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Paper or Plastic?

When I read about things like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it does my heart good to hear news that China has cracked down on plastic garbage bags:
China launched a surprise crackdown on plastic bags on Tuesday, banning production of ultra-thin bags and forbidding its supermarkets and shops from handing out free carriers from June 1.

China uses too many of the bags and fails to dispose of them properly, wasting valuable oil and littering the country, China's cabinet, the State Council, said in a notice posted on the central government Web site (

"Our country consumes huge amounts of plastic bags every year. While providing convenience to consumers, they have also caused serious pollution, and waste of energy and resources, because of excessive use and inadequate recycling," it said.
Good for them. I'd like to see the U.S. do the same.

For those curious, yes, I have finished my book. Sort of. I wouldn't be surprised if more tweaking lies ahead. I'll keep you all posted.

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