Micki's post about the SanFran ban (alliteration not intended, but not deleted either) does raise a good point - what can replace plastics? On one hand, forcing companies to switch over to bioplastics could lower thier cost...one the other hand, i blogged about how this also raising the price of corn leading some farmers to feed their pigs and cows tater tots and oreos. Scary.
One the other hand, a friend of mine did a project in school where he researched Tyvek as a plastic bag replacement...it's really strong, very reusable and totally recyclable. The plastic bag "open loop" could be turned into a Tyvek bag "closed loop" where stores give a deposit refund for bags.