We all know about the campaign to ban plastic straws to eliminate the teeny, tiny percentage of plastic garbage (mostly in the ocean) that they form. Now they're starting to go after plastic toy balloons, though I don't know if anyone's talking bans yet. Rest assured, they will; already many people are discouraging their use. (Clemson has decided to end their practice of releasing 10,000 balloons before each football game.)
None of this matters much to me. I never use straws anyway, and my nursing home doesn't release toy balloons in people's rooms at any time (and I was already there at my birthday and Christmas last year, which are less than 2 weeks apart anyway). Nor does either matter much to the oceans, since neither contributes a significant amount of plastic waste.
Jazz Shaw, at Hot Air, was discussing another possibility: thin plastic wrapping around individually wrapped cheese slices (which are then wrapped in plastic packages). He sounded like he had no idea why anyone would use this, perhaps never having encountered unwrapped cheese turned stale after several days exposed to the air. I certainly have. This isn't much of a problem if you keep the outer package sufficiently closed, as we were able to do when we started getting real sliced cheeses (mostly Sargento) due to their lower sodium content. This doesn't seem to work so well with the packages of (much less expensive) processed cheese.
As with straws and balloons, I wonder how much of a problem these packages are. And what good alternative to them is there? But Jazz Shaw is right that there is a lot of plastic packaging for a lot of items (fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables often come wrapped in plastic, and breadstuffs just about always do, and many large purchases come with a lot of plastic), and eventually it adds up. But, again, what's the superior alternative?