Ban the bag
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?