TO THE EDITOR:
It’s time to take plastic bags out of supermarkets. Numerous cities across the United States and even the entire state of California have voted to ban plastic bags in local stores, and North Carolina should follow suit.
Plastic bags are a serious environmental issue, and are a major contributor to ocean pollution. Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean. According to plasticpollution.org, that’s about five grocery bags full of plastic for every foot of coastline in the world, and it’s easily avoidable.
In November 2016, California voted to ban plastic bags for large retail- ers. Customers bring their own reusable shopping bags or pay a ten cent charge for paper bags. Many other cities have adopted bans, including Washington D.C., Chicago and the Outer Banks.
Though not all bans
are as strict, they are certainly effective. San Jose, California found an 89 percent reduction of plastic litter in the storm drain system after instituting their 2011 plastic bag ban.