I've been thinking about this for a while and I'm just going to throw this out there for your consideration. For as long as I can remember, everyone has harped on reducing, reusing, recycling—it was my childhood mantra. Every country has some kind of effort that they make to keep our planet healthy and strong. However, if it mattered that much to everyone, why is it so expensive to be "green"?
I think that everyone should be eco-conscious, but it's hard to make a difference when it costs so much! What is the point of charging people more to do the right thing? It sends the wrong message. It's just like teachers that would punish the entire class when only one person was at fault—it's off-putting and pointless. So why do consumers have to bear the burden of making a good choice? I think it's backwards. First, why don't producers make the big change? If they only produced "green" products, consumers would have no choice but to make the correct choice. The other side is why don't they charge more to make the non-green decision? That would get people going green faster than you can imagine.
I'm sure there are lots of procedures that have to be made and it's too much work, but hey, there are plenty of people who would be willing to work at this. Have you seen the employment outlook presently? And don't talk about how you can save a few nickels for using recycle bags at select grocery stores. In the end, it just isn't effective.