Another member of the Bush family is getting involved in a plastics-related issue. According to The New York Times' CityRoom blog, Lauren Bush, "a fashion model and niece of President Bush," has endorsed a New York City Council bill that would require supermarkets and retail stores to collect and recycle plastic carryout bags.
Ms. Bush, 23, appeared at the Whole Foods Market in the Lower East Side this morning with the City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, who supports the legislation, which was introduced last week by Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr., a Queens Democrat. At a news conference, Ms. Bush, who graduated from Princeton last year, said her interest in plastic bags began about four years ago, when she learned about their impact on the environment. Ms. Bush told reporters: "The average American uses between 300 and 700 bags a year. To give you a visual of that number, if everyone in the U.S. were to make a giant chain with their plastic bag, it would wrap around the earth 760 times. That's just the American annual consumption of plastic bags. And on top of that, plastic bags don't biodegrade. They only break down into tiny toxic little bits that pollute the soil and our waterways. This process is called photodegrade and it takes around 1,000 years for these bags to break down in our landfills. It is for these reasons that I support this legislation in City Council. I think it is important for New Yorkers to recycle plastic bags and buy reusable bags."The blog goes on to say that Lauren Bush promoted something called the FEED Bag, a reusable cloth bag that costs $60 and enables the United Nations World Food Program to feed a child for one full school year. Bush is an honorary spokeswoman for the program. With Laura Bush (once again) speaking out on plastics and marine debris last week, it's starting to feel like the White House should have a cabinet-level appointee to handle plastics issues.