WE KNOW THAT an environmental problem has hit the mainstream when our children come home from school worried about it. And so it is with plastic bags which, as my six-year-old daughter learnt last week, can kill birds. There are certainly plenty of things not to like about plastic bags, especially when they blow around the streets or get stuck in hedges, and they do plenty of damage out to sea, where turtles, seals, whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife mistake them for jelly-fish and eat them, only to get their intestines tied into knots.

However, the problems of plastic bags can easily ...


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