Keep Austin … Green

RECEIVED Wed., March 13, 2013

Dear Editor,
    I definitely took a great interest in reading the article “Then There’s This: In the Bag” by Amy Smith [News, March 1]. She gave an insight to Austin’s decision to ban “single-use” bags and the lawsuit from the Texas Retailers Association. Personally, reusing a bag and remembering to bring it shopping is nothing more than a quick jot on the shopping list or an extra note on a smartphone. I have been receiving free shopping bags for my entire life, now this change suddenly seems so taboo, yet so very beneficial. With the hundreds of millions of single-use bags a year given out in Austin, it is no wonder why they end up drifting in the wind, in tree branches, and along the ocean shores. Since these bags have no visible price value, they are valued at nothing and people see them as unlimited until free bags no longer exist. Not only does plastic pollute our land but it also harms Earth's organisms in the oceans and that will eventually cause some major damage to the human race. So, since Austin is known to be very liberal and trendsetting, let us continue to keep Austin weird, but in a green way.
Jon Trujillo
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