Paris plans to have a cleaner, greener 2007
Paris will ban plastic throwaway bags this year.
Sturdy, light, convenient - and best of all free - plastic bags hardly seem to be in the same pollution league as earth-warming carbon dioxide emissions or toxic waste.
But experts say these disposable bags account for 8,000 tons of waste generated in Paris each year, at a cost of more than $2 million. And burning plastic bags to dispose of them poses a health hazard.
While many are thrilled, not everyone is happy. Some customers still want the plastic bags.
Environmentalists like World Wildlife’s Orru say that mentality will change.
After getting used to a life without disposable bags, Orru says, people might start thinking twice about other throw-away products, like plastic bottles, non-renewable batteries, or kleenex. He believes life in Paris, and elsewhere, can be lived well using less.