The small village of Modbury, England, was the flash point for the latest trend of communities trying to ban plastic bags, and Rebecca Hosking was the spark. The Washington Post's May 6 issue has an interview and feature about her role in the issue.
Rebecca Hosking's moment, when a happy English farm girl cried tears that changed her life, came on a speck of sugar-white beach in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. "All you could smell was death," Hosking recalled, sitting snugly in a 600-year-old pub in her rainy home town, which has been transformed by her epiphany two years ago on Midway Atoll. The beach on Midway, 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu, was covered with thousands of dead albatrosses rotting in the tropical sun. In their split-open bellies, the BBC wildlife film producer said she saw the plastic that had killed them: cigarette lighters, pens, toys, pill bottles, knives and forks, golf balls and toothbrushes.Powerful writing, and I'm sure other U.S. media will pick up this story, or decide to do their own interviews with Hosking. Get ready for another wave of anti-bag publicity.