Plastic bags have clogged up waterways, harmed animals, and created some unnecessary litter around our city. We are using up many resources just to make them.
There are other cities and all of Europe that do not use these bags anymore. There are several ways to go about solving this challenge. We can tax people five cents per plastic bag.
Or, we as citizens of earth, can voluntarily start bringing our own cloth or reusable bags to the store with us. All it is is a change of habit and a change of heart.
As a representative of Sacred Heart Parish and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish Environmental groups in Bayside, I am asking that February 15 be a day to begin a new habit of bringing our own bags to shop and change our entire city.
The stores and shops are already prepared with recyclable bags to sell us. Perhaps the bigger stores could voluntarily offer one free recyclable bag on Valentine's Day to each customer to encourage the new trend.
They are on board with the idea. Just ask them.
Start spreading the word (and maybe a few free bags) to our neighbors and community. We can make a tremendous difference!
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Green Team