This refers to your editorial of Sept. 8 regarding the plastic bag bans and taxes [“Heading off debate on bag bans & taxes,” Page 6].
There is no question that conservation is desirable. The answers that you give are all worthwhile, but do not get to the core of the problem, which is the incredibly bad public perception of plastics.
To help, a statement on each plastic bag in addition to the child safety warning might be, “This plastic bag has saved part of a tree.”
A voluntary campaign to do this, or its equivalent, could be a project of the American Plastics Council.
Another slogan might read: “Future generations can recycle this bag from garbage dumps.”
Our industry has yet to scratch the surface of our potential for public relations. The Epcot exhibit and a Class 1 plastic museum will help a lot.
Irvin I. Rubin
R Design & Consultation