The Sydney Morning Herald’s environmental reporter Stephanie Peatling in early 2004:
The Federal Opposition has pounced on community hatred of plastic bags, agreeing to ban them as it beefs up its environmental credentials before the election later this year …
But that plastic hatred turns out to have existed only in Stephanie’s mind. An attempt by retailer Coles Myer to introduce reusable, enviro-friendly, non-biodegradable bags has delivered hilarious results:
Less than 1 per cent of the non-biodegradable bags have been reused, according to Coles’ own calculations.
The despised green-pleasing bags, some 30 million of them, are reportedly destined for landfill.
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