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The environmental group Legambiente estimates each Italian consumes about 300 plastic bags a year, and that 180,000 tons of gasoline would be saved if everyone used just 10 bio-degradable bags a year for their shopping.
The tendency for shops and merchants to give out plastic bags for everything is a recent one. Paper bags -- or no bags at all -- were the norm just 30 or 40 years ago, when ladies would carry their own shopping carts or net sacks to the store.
These days, most plastic bags are made from a type of plastic called polyethylene. 80% of polyethylene is produced from natural gas – an abundant, yet non-renewable resource.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
So much of this is about fads rather than real science. It's a shame when legislatures jump on fad bandwagons. We get "trendy" laws to opress us.
Originally posted by Unity_99
So i wouldn't allow any government to ban anything unless they're replacing it with really good alternatives that the people approve of. Italians should speak up for better solutions.
Originally posted by againuntodust
What are people going to do with the cat litter they scoop without plastic bags?
Originally posted by Expat888
Its good to see .. Over here in asia people been taking up using reusable bags made from cloth for shopping and doing away with plastic bags.