Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006
Voices / Letters from readers

Plastic bag ban: ‘It’s about time!’

RE: “Time to ban single-use plastic bags in Brattleboro” [Letters, Feb. 22]:

One of my greatest pleasures and also a source of frustration comes from my role as advisor to a local school environmental group.

I get frustrated trying to decide which important steps we should take to make our school more Earth-friendly, and I feel pleasure is felt when I see their passion and commitment to address some of the environmental issues we face today.

I want to share a comment made by one student when I told her about a question that will appear on the ballot in Brattleboro on March 7. Article 2 advises and encourages the Selectboard of Brattleboro to enact a law that would ban the use of single-use plastic bags.

“It’s about time!” she said.

I will not repeat all the facts that Tim Maciel stated in his letter, in which he laid out the ban and his support for it, but I will remind everyone that people in this country throw away 100 billion plastic bags a year.

These bags are made from petroleum, which must be drilled, imported, and shipped so that we have a cheap, disposable way to carry a few items for a short distance.

Is this necessary? No. Please support the ban on bags and decide what you can substitute for them in your own daily lives.

Stephanie Nyzio
Brattleboro

Like what we do? Help us keep doing it!

We rely on the donations and financial support of our readers to help make The Commons available to all. Please join us today.

What do you think? Leave us a comment

Editor’s note: Our terms of service require you to use your real names. We will remove anonymous or pseudonymous comments that come to our attention. We rely on our readers’ personal integrity to stand behind what they say; please do not write anything to someone that you wouldn’t say to his or her face without your needing to wear a ski mask while saying it. Thanks for doing your part to make your responses forceful, thoughtful, provocative, and civil. We also consider your comments for the letters column in the print newspaper.

Add Comment

* Required information
1000
How many letters are in the word two?
Captcha Image
Powered by Commentics

Comments (0)

No comments yet. Be the first!

Originally published in The Commons issue #397 (Wednesday, March 1, 2017).

Related stories

More by Stephanie Nyzio