With the aim of trying to reduce consumption of plastic it is of course a good thing that supermarkets are now charging for plastic bags.
But if we just take one example of the use of plastic in other ways, we see we really need a big U turn to change things. Children’s toys.
It seems today’s children’s toys are almost exclusively plastic. You can see why – you can make colourful, cheaply made toys which also don’t rust so it’s no problem for them to slosh about in the bath. Toy companies must also be under pressure to create fresh new exciting products, and I’m sure they’ll take a lot of convincing not to use plastic.
And what will be the environmental impact when we get even more creative with plastic when we all start 3D printing?