It's hard to imagine life in the 21st century without them. Plastic bags only got a handle on the mainstream about 25 years ago but in that time they have become ubiquitous, not only here in Canada but around the globe. Plastic bags are strong, waterproof, usually free and best of all, they're convenient. The plastics industry touts them as great innovations – lightweight, reusable, efficient. The bag industry provides manufacturing jobs, employing some 7,000 people in Canada alone.
But despite its numerous merits, the plastic bag has become the victim of its own success. Billions are used around the world every year. Each one is made from oil or natural gas and takes hundreds of years to decompose. Environmentalists argue they're a hazard to wildlife and a blight on the landscape. Hence the icon of convenience is steadily losing its cachet in the consumer world. More stores are charging from them, more places are taxing or banning them.
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