Interesting article, and she does have a point: the ease of recycling is just an excuse to avoid avoidance. Avoidance should always be the first step, especially with single-use items.
I’m the first to admit that I’m guilty of quite a few of these, and could be doing more than re-using what I can, carrying around my own set of bamboo eating utensils in my handbag and using fold-up bags for shopping. I’ll be rethinking quite a few things, I think. Challenge Accepted! :)