The demise of single-use plastic bags began at their start, shortly after being invented in the 1950s. The public's disdain for things "plastic" -- especially bags -- is due to shameful and short-term industry "leadership" without care or concern for any long-term and science-based support. This slideshow was delivered in 1998 as a warning to the Plastic Bag Association at its Annual Meeting, when that group was being merged into the Society of the Plastics Industry. The warning was ignored. Today's news tells the results. Written and presented by George Makrauer, president of Comad Group, www.comad.com.