The Plastics Blog
By Don Loepp | About The Plastics Blog

Actor Jeremy Irons debates plastics trade group leader on bag taxes

By Don Loepp | March 8, 2013 11:17 am ET

How would you like to debate an Oscar-winning actor -- on television? That's a daunting assignment to be sure, even for someone who's comfortable dealing with with the media.

But a plastics industry leader got that tough duty yesterday, when actor Jeremy Irons debated Peter Davis, director-general of the British Plastics Federation, on Channel 4 News.

The topic: Plastic bag taxes and dealing with plastic waste.

As our sister publication Plastics & Rubber Weekly reported, Irons has made a film entitled "Trash," which includes looking at the impact of plastic waste on environments around the world.

The actor argued for a plastic bag tax to be introduced into England, citing what he called the success of the levy imposed in Ireland, where he said consumption of bags had fallen by 95 percent.

Davis argued that such a charge would be counterproductive and pointed to how companies recycled plastic waste, particularly bottles.

Irons also called for better coordination of waste collection practices by local authorities.

I'm impressed that Davis got to share the spotlight in this report, and he handled the pressure pretty well. Several times both the interviewer and Irons interrupt Davis while he's trying to make a point.

But rather than argue, Davis worked hard to answer their questions while at the same time trying to complete his thought.

It must have been tough concentrating with Uncle Scar putting the heat on plastics. (I know, citing a Disney cartoon may not be highlighting Iron's best work, but that Scar voice just sticks in my head every time I hear it).

The fact that the bag debate is getting this much attention in the United Kingdom is further proof that this is a global issue -- and one that the industry is going to be dealing with for some time.


Recent Blog Posts

D'oh! Homer's adventures in Legoland   April 21, 2014 3:09 pm ET
Calling Sherlock Holmes   April 10, 2014 10:43 am ET
This year's best April Fools' jokes in plastics   April 1, 2014 4:43 pm ET
Pharrell Williams and Adidas make new clothing from marine debris   March 28, 2014 10:07 am ET
Luxottica deal may give Google Glass more style   March 25, 2014 10:09 am ET
Numerous plastics angles in the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards   March 21, 2014 10:50 am ET

Comments

Actor Jeremy Irons debates plastics trade group leader on bag taxes

By Don Loepp

Published: March 8, 2013 11:17 am ET
Updated: March 11, 2013 9:54 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Automotive Market Review and Outlook 2014 The Americas

This 75-page report features in-depth analysis of the automotive industry for the Americas. It includes discussions of market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting production and threats as well as design strategies being implemented by the major automakers. Detailed charts and data tables outline North American automotive production over the last five years.

Learn more

Plastics Building & Construction Market Review and Outlook 2014 with MS Excel chart data

This report provides in-depth analysis of the plastic building and construction market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats and the latest developments in construction trends that impact plastics processors.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events