By the government’s own accounting, its net-zero plastics campaign will cost more than it will save in waste management costs.
Advocates forget to account for the pollution from “cleaner” options.
With the arrival of reusable grocery bags, there appeared to be, at long last, a definitive eco-friendly answer to that question posed daily to consumers: Paper or plastic? Alas, it was not to be. Researchers recently discovered that the supposedly green alternative actually harbors bacteria, mold and other unappetizing organisms, albeit natural.