China wil ban the use of thin plastic bags starting July 1st, and forcing payment for thicker sheet bags. In China alone 3 billion of these bags are used annually creating a monstrous and basically unnecessary pollution problem. Good measure. I heard Australia wants to follow the initiative.

I always refuse bags when I shop and have done so for ages. Some shops stuff your stuff in one, even if what you are taking is one small item. I wonder what the rationale is for that. These thin bags are usually unprinted so there is no commercial value and one can hardly claim it is a gesture for the client. And why do people mindlessly accept them? My hunch is that it is a combination of “auto-pilot” behavior on both sides of the transaction, as well as a subconscious privacy thing.