Letter: Time to ban single-use plastic shopping bags
To the Editor:The invention of plastic has transformed the way people live. It has been incredibly beneficial in many ways, in part because it is waterproof and nearly indestructible. The problem is 90 percent of plastic is thrown away, and the fact that it's indestructible means it stays around forever. Every minute of every day, the equivalent of one garbage truck load of plastic is dumped into the ocean. From straws to soda rings, from plastic bags to water bottles, our oceans are filling up like a landfill. These plastics choke or entangle species like seabirds, turtles, and whales, they kill marine life, and get into the (our) food chain. No individual can solve this enormous problem alone, but each of us can do our small part to be part of the solution, rather than contributing to the problem. Last year, Brattleboro, VT passed an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags; the residents supported the ban by a 3-1 margin! With community support, we can pass a similar ban in Manchester. It would admittedly be one small step, but it would be a step in the right direction.As a member of Earth Matters, and Transition Town Manchester, I am proud to support this effort. Earth Matters will have an information table set up at Street Fest this Friday evening to talk with anyone interested in learning more, and/or supporting our effort.
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