You can't change the speed limit or even introduce a levy on plastic bags on your own, and unless you own a shop with neon lighting you can't do anything about that yourself, although you can find like-mined people and lobby your local council to do something about these things and that would be a good idea.
|Plastic bags can be a real eyesore|
If you wonder why you should find an alternative to these flimsy plastic bags this slide show gives you a number of reasons. In fact sending them to be recycled isn't really the answer, either as it costs a lot more to recycle bags than to produce new ones.
|Even worse, plastic bags can kill|
Even in landfill they may take 1,000 years or more to break down into ever smaller particles that continue to pollute the soil and water.
Finally, producing plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating.
To reduce your own plastic bag use you need to invest in a few reusable bags and get into a new routine. Keep one or two lightweight bags with you in your coat pocket or main bag so that you are prepared for most small purchases. If you like to do a big shop by car invest in enough reusable, strong, plastic or jute bags to accommodate your shopping and keep those in the boot. You'll find you can fold two or three and store them in one jute bag.
To try and get something done about reducing plastic bags in general why not sign this e-petition. If enough of us sign this petition, the government might actually do something about it.