SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Opinion

January 9, 2013

Letter: Time to move past plastic bags

To the editor:

While Will Broaddus touched on good points of the argument to ban plastic bags in “The problem with plastic bags” (Jan. 3), the importance of this topic needs to be said again. America uses about 100 billion bags per year. Plastic bags that provide no nutrients are eaten by confused marine animals, causing many them to die of starvation with a full stomach.

Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they just break into smaller and smaller pieces, which collect toxins like PCP and the DDT that past generations worked so hard to ban. Plastic bags could be our next “Silent Spring”: When they make their way into the ocean, they are eaten by marine animals — which are in turn eaten by us. Massachusetts relies on the ocean, with a $5 billion fishing industry. We must protect it from plastic pollution.

A ban on plastic bags is the only option to stop this epidemic in its tracks. Not only are we poisoning the environment, we are poisoning ourselves. This minor convenience has harsh consequences, and we must put an end to it.

Morgan Dean

Environment Massachusetts

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion

AP Video
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate
Helium