I serve as chairman of the Beautification Commission for the city of Independence. Our group is concerned about plastic bags, the ones merchants give you with your groceries and other purchases. Sometimes a purchase as small as a greeting card is offered to you in a plastic bag.
Drive down any street in our town and look around. Those plastic bags are everywhere, hanging on the trees and bushes or scattered about on the ground. They are not biodegrading, and they are not going away.
What can you do?
- Just say no whenever you can. Carry your greeting card or pack of gum or candy bar out of the store in your hand.
- Buy and use reusable canvas bags. Most merchants sell these bags, or you can use any other bags that seem to find their way into your closet. Keep the bags in your car and use them when you shop.
- Tell your friends and family about this problem and ask them to help.
Gloria J. Smith