Letters to the Editor

U.S. should follow Europe’s lead on plastic

Re “Time to ban plastic bags” letter.

This reader could not agree more. We could learn much from the Europeans, who have taken their own cloth bags to grocery stores for years. Many European stores charge a few cents for each plastic bag if customers want them.

Wars are often fought over resources and oil. Plastic bags are an oil product, as are most plastic products. In other words, we in the U.S. have our own military fighting for oil, which is not only for vehicles, but for plastic products. This should stop.

Plastic products infiltrate our water, etc. Systems and landfill do damage to humans, animals and sea life. They never disintegrate naturally.

Stores need to give reusable bags to their customers for free, and charge for plastic. Most of the bags for sale have the stores name on them - free advertising for the store!

Lynda Lemmin, Myrtle Beach