Summary of “The politics of quitting plastic: is it only a lifestyle option for the lucky few?”

Shopping bags, plastic cups, toothpaste tubes, orange peel, all manner of human debris followed the currents; waves and waves of junk pooling in the shallow waters.
Bags, tubs, wraps, bottles – nearly everything on supermarket shelves is encased in plastic.
The only rice not obviously packaged in plastic was a 10kg bulk pack.
Tomato paste mostly came in plastic sachets or bottles, but there were little aluminium cans for 70c. Not too shabby, I thought.
A kilo of home brand rolled oats cost $1.30 but they were in plastic bags.
Everything from the coffee cups to the little individual packets of cheese and crackers was wrapped in plastic.
Although sometimes I didn’t even bother to do that – a few months earlier, I had set up a small, self-contained worm farm and since the worms eat most of my food scraps and also a lot of paper and cardboard, even a modest reduction in plastic consumption meant there were suddenly so few items in the bin that emptying it was less a matter of necessity than habit.
While we can make some significant changes to our own consumption habits, relying on market mechanisms or placing the burden of responsibility onto the consumer won’t solve the problem: plastic is a political issue.

The orginal article.