Opinion: Possible to ban plastic bags

By Sara Sharvelle Hanlon, Taos
Posted 9/26/19

I read in the Taos News, with some dismay, that the town counselors could not bring themselves to ban plastic bags here because "Taos isn't ready."Who says Taos isn't ready, and how did they make …

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Opinion: Possible to ban plastic bags

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I read in the Taos News, with some dismay, that the town counselors could not bring themselves to ban plastic bags here because "Taos isn't ready."

Who says Taos isn't ready, and how did they make this determination? I'm damned ready, but I seem to have missed the vote on this one. Our planet is dying beneath our feet, and the town of Taos cannot even make this small gesture toward helping save it?

Even a small struggling nation like Guatemala can put itself in the forefront of this battle by having recently banned all single-use plastic containers; the public has two years to comply with this directive, according to my Guatemalan Skype friend.

Our town may have to resort to a grassroots movement in order to get in step with the rest of the world. Most major businesses in Taos will default to the plastic bag, but if you ask for paper they will happily oblige. Alternatively, bring your own reusable bag. We all have to wake up and do something to reverse planetary pollution, and time is running out.

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