Here's an amusing little story from London. The Daily Mail newspaper in February launched a Banish the Bags campaign, "in an effort to rid the country of single-use plastic bags, the most ubiquitous feature of our disposable society." Now The Daily Express (which touts itself as the "World's Greatest Newspaper") has revealed (I couldn't resist using one Britishism...) that its rival's war on plastic bags is hypocritical, since the Daily Mail actually owns a company that makes plastic bags. Here's an excerpt from the big bag scoop:
The hypocritical Daily Mail told yesterday how plastic waste is tipping Britains seas towards ecological disaster. Fish, mammals and birds will be driven to extinction within decades, it said. ... But the newspaper failed to tell its readers that the company that owns the Daily Mail also owns a firm which produces plastic bags. The High Speed Bagging Compˆany Limited, based in east London, wraps the Daily Mail, and the Mail on Sunday, in polythene bags for weekend promotions. It wraps millions of printed products in plastic bags, according to industry experts. And these are the sort of plastics that are increasingly poisoning the world's oceans. Environmentally conscious readers will be appalled to know that the newspaper group needlessly produces millions of plastic bags, known as polybags in the trade. In the years since the firm began using polybags, millions of plastic-wrapped copies of its newspapers have been returned unsold by increasingly fed-up newsagents, adding to the mountain of plastic waste.Just a bit of editorializing there. It will be interesting to see how the Daily Mail responds. I imagine they can argue that the bags are recyclable, and that customers prefer to get their papers dry and in good condition.