Letter to the editor: Ban single-use plastics

Posted 9/25/19

Ban single-use plastics This summer I have been canvassing the entire state of Colorado on behalf of COPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group) to raise awareness about a critical …

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Letter to the editor: Ban single-use plastics

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Ban single-use plastics

This summer I have been canvassing the entire state of Colorado on behalf of COPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group) to raise awareness about a critical issue: plastic pollution.  Since I just moved to the Englewood area, canvassing my neighbors this week was exciting. Many of the folks I spoke with were up-to-date on the plastic problem, and expressed a serious concern about it.

Because plastic products take so long to degrade (if they ever fully do), they’re going to stick around for many years to come. So the fact that Colorado still depends so heavily upon single-use, disposable plastic products seems especially silly.  We don’t need to use plastic bags and polystyrene cups for a grand total of five minutes when it means they’ll pollute our environment for centuries to come.

In almost every conversation I had, the people of Englewood proudly explained how they always bring their reusable grocery bags to the store and avoid taking foam take-out containers home with them after a meal. While these actions are immensely necessary, they are, unfortunately, not enough.  

Colorado needs a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene cups and take-out containers to reduce pollution in a major way.  And I’m proud to say that the people of Englewood agree.  None of us want to lose our beautiful world, wildlife and way of life to unnecessary plastic waste, and these bans are the first step in the right direction.

Jessica Justice

South Denver

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