Letters

Downside of Plastic

Jan 17, 2018

To the Editor:

This is a brief and to the point response to the letter “Bag the Ban,” 1/10. As a material, plastic is long lasting and durable and doesn’t degrade. This is one of the reasons plastic can be so useful when it comes to human health and food safety, especially in the developing world.

But this also means that plastics accumulate in the natural environment and landfills, leading to a growing concern of a near-permanent contamination of the natural environment. Plastic does not go away. Every piece ever made is still with us. At best/worst, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, which eventually find a way into our food chain.

We can all start to make a difference for our planet’s future by bringing our reusable bags with us when we go shopping.   

Barbara Reynolds

Manahawkin

 

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