Friday, October 28, 2011

Plastic bags are made in America

Regarding the upcoming vote in Hailey on whether to ban plastic grocery bags, I feel we should keep those bags. They are a useful convenient product, far superior to paper bags, and much cleaner and easier to use than the reusable type that end up grungy after a bit of use (just ask your local checker). Plastic bags are recyclable at the markets—there are bins located near the entrances.

Also, based on a discussion I listened to on NPR, almost all plastics in the U.S. are made from natural gas; surprised me, but that's what a plastics chemist said in the interview. Well, the U.S. has an abundance of natural gas, so plastic bags don't come from oil that is imported.

In conclusion, those bags are clean, convenient and recyclable and are made from natural gas, an American product. Hmm, they are "Made in America"! How rare. We shouldn't ban them.

David Groverman


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