Many times for me things as a big picture can become a bit overwhelming and situations can seem impossible to correct. I think for my mind it's easiest if I break down big problems into smaller issues.
1 bag per household per week = 1 plastic garbage bag per household per week lying in a landfill
Plastic takes a really long time to breakdown.. years, and years and years. Things take even longer to breakdown when they are deprived of oxygen which is what occurs when they are buried in a landfill. I decided that I may not be able to make my trash completely disappear but at least I can recycle. When I've recycled and composted what I can I will put my trash in a bag that will hopefully breakdown much more quickly. I got a compostable bag option and I like it.
I know all about the negative comments and if we throw away less (or optimally none) it would be better and I will continue to work on that but for now this is a way to take a step and lessen our impact. I'm not telling anyone to run out and get these bags (this is no commercial) but as a broader view; simple choices or changes can make a big impact. Don't let the size of the situation overwhelm you, take it on; one little step at a time.
What simple choice will you make today, that will make tomorrow better for us all?