I heard on the BBC this morning where China has joined San Francisco and Ireland in banning plastic shopping bags. There are many things wrong with the mainland government, but I give them credit for not pussy footing around when they decided to tackle a problem. Plastic bags are not a huge part of the world's oil consumption, but they are one of the stupidest wastes of oil. In my patch of the country you can recycle them, but the places that accept plastic bags are few and far between. I hold just a little hope that more countries including my own will join in and ban plastic bags as well. At the very least it would be better if the stores that dispensed plastic bags were obligated to recycle them.
The silly thing about plastic bags is they don't do the job very well. They don't hold much. They break unexpectedly. They slide around. Any vegetable matter that is in contact with them for a few days turns brown and disgusting. Best of all my grocery store gives a nickel a bag credit for cloth bags including the little ones I use for fruit, vegetables, and bulk grains.