Don Loepp's Viewpoint [“Is plastic's image root of bag bans?” June 15, Page 6] was well crafted and presented. While it did not directly answer the question, the [headline] was the “lead-in” to the real topic, anyway.
Plastic ... is popular because predecessor materials that could perform similar functions ... are utterly unacceptable for a plethora of good reasons.
Polylactic acid, recycled PET and 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials are improving plastics' bloodlines.
As to one-use plastic bags, the problem is litter. If these bags were disposed of properly, there would be no litter. Plastic bags in [waterways] get there not because they are plastic, but because they are litter.
Other litter, like waxed paper cups, diesel fuel, filament fishing line, picnic dinnerware, cigarette filters, beer cans, soda bottles [etc.], impact the ecological balance, too.
The energy bill of every U.S. citizen is four times higher than [it needs to] be, because we severely regulated [the energy industry]. Had [energy technologies] been allowed to mature, and [reduce by-products] energy would not be the oversized negative influence on the economy that it is today.
Maybe we should ban some of these one-solution pundits.
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