Recently, while shopping, I watched the cashier use four plastic bags for four items, three …
Recently, while shopping, I watched the cashier use four plastic bags for four items, three of which were already wrapped in plastic.
Later, at the grocery store, I watched a similar scenario.
Few shoppers had brought reusable bags, and cashiers were using far more bags than necessary.
This is a habit we need to break.
The May 2019 issue of National Geographic states that, on average, nine million tons of plastic waste washes into the world’s oceans every year.
According to a September 2010 article in Business Ethics Magazine, scientists fear that these petroleum products never completely biodegrade.
Rather, they just continue to break into smaller and smaller pieces.
Larval fish eat them in their first days of life, introducing them into our food chain.
Think about that for a minute.
Is this what we want for our children’s great-grandchildren?
There is a need for increased public awareness to curb this serious problem, and merchants are in the perfect position to help.
Most, thankfully not all, of our local restaurants are using Styrofoam takeout containers.
Delis and gas stations continue to use Styrofoam hot drink cups.
I believe that, if more people were aware of the consequences of this wasteful practice, they would be happy to get into the habit of using reusable shopping bags, and to pay the little added cost for compostable takeout containers or, better yet, bring their own reusable takeout containers and drink cups.
Our ubiquitous marketing slogan “Pure Michigan” seems hypocritical as it promotes the natural beauty of our area while we trash it with materials that will be our toxic legacy for millennia. Paul Ferris, Boyne City