A week ago after going to the grocery store, I became disgusted at the amount of plastic bags that I had accumulated from shopping, and just from groceries. I do recycle them at the grocery store, but I read a National Geographic article about recycling that didn't enthuse me about the amount of resources necessary for recycling those bags.
I made a late resolution to not get plastic bags any longer. I will now bring my stash of canvas bags with me to the store. If I buy more than will fit in those bags, I will ask for paper. I use the paper bags to store my paper recyclables, which means that the bag itself will be recycled.
I'm sure many people have already made this type of transition, but I'm late on the bandwagon. The pile of plastic bags finally got to me.
(If China can do it, so can we, meaning the USA.)