Ban the bag

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial -

Stan (Stan’s Stance, May 28 edi­tion of the Labrado­rian, ‘To Ban or Not?’) is right: if you’re tak­ing plas­tic bags from the gro­cery store, you’re part of the prob­lem too. To say the plas­tic bag prob­lem is caused by lit­ter­bugs is pass­ing the prob­lem off on some­one else. It’s time to stop blam­ing other peo­ple for the mess, and to step up and do some­thing our­selves. We should stop this pol­lu­tion at its source: just stop us­ing the plas­tic bags, pe­riod.

Not all plas­tic in the en­vi­ron­ment is at­trib­ut­able to the de­spi­ca­ble act of lit­ter­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties NL, “al­most 50 per cent of all wind­borne lit­ter es­cap­ing from land­fills is plas­tic, much of it sin­gle-use plas­tic bags that end up tan­gled in trees or float­ing in our in­land and coastal wa­ters.” All those bags you’ve thrown out—where have they gone?

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