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Reader's view: We've become too dependent on plastic bags

I am writing on behalf of future generations and ask you to support a shift in thinking regarding single-use plastic bags. Plastic bags have only been offered in stores since the 1970s and didn't become standard grocery bags until the 1980s. Yet,...

I am writing on behalf of future generations and ask you to support a shift in thinking regarding single-use plastic bags.

Plastic bags have only been offered in stores since the 1970s and didn't become standard grocery bags until the 1980s. Yet, as a society, we have become overly dependent on them while turning a blind eye on the effects they have on the environment.

Most of us in Duluth are here because we love this place. We love the trails, the trees, the rivers, and the Lake. Why not consider these things when we bag our purchases? And not just at the grocery store but everywhere we buy things?

Let's support the Bag It Duluth campaign that is bringing a proposal to the City Council to join Minneapolis and 160 other U.S. cities in saying no to plastic bags and saying yes to making better choices for our children's future.

Sherry Williams

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