Marco's post about the rational response to scarcity - reuse - reminded me of an old post that I'd like to link to here. The xsprojectgroup.com uses plastic waste gathered in Jakarta to make bags. the US store is being renovated, but check back. Or go to the EU store in the meantime.
This is a real way to utilize waste instead of creating more and to do some social good: create employment, and use some profits to give back to the community. This is the concept of a Restorative Enterprise.
Thanks for posting, Marco!