I refused a plastic bag in the corner shop today. The shopkeeper said:
"Good on you! You know that in China, it's illegal to give carrier bags away? The customers have to pay for them. In China if I give you a bag for free, I get a three thousand Euro fine."
And I said, "That's an excellent idea, reducing bag pollution and that."
And he said, "Yeah. When they brought that law in, twenty thousand people lost their jobs in the plastic bag factories."