On plastic parasites, an open letter to the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council

July 31, 2008 § 1 Comment

Dear Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council and The California Film Extruders and Converters Association,

Thank you for your fancy flier “Stop the Bag Tax” today.  If I could have a quarter – the amount per bag that this “tax” will levy – for every plastic bag I’ve yanked out of the LA River, Compton Creek, and other places, I’d be a very rich woman.  The fact is, lots of really lazy people let their plastic bags fly, where they end in our streams, wetlands and ocean.  They become plastic parasites, leaching chemicals and killing animals.  The unaccounted costs to society are tremendous – the effects on individual animals irreversible, and voluntary programs do not work. Your concern for the impact of this “tax” on low income families, seniors and anyone living on a fixed income – and the potential loss of “thousands” of jobs – is admirable.  I encourage you, as a “Progressive” organization, to show your true support for these families and do your part to relieve government of this burden: you can personally fund the trash collection and stormwater management programs that will keep free plastic bags out of our rivers, creeks and ocean, that will keep these waterways swimmable, drinkable, and fishable for the enjoyment of all people! Plus, your private financing of this will create thousands of jobs! 

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Hall

P.S. Maybe your friends in the polystyrene industry can help you cover the costs.

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§ One Response to On plastic parasites, an open letter to the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council

  • Joe Linton says:

    Wooo hoooo Jessica! There’s more information (and links to an action alert for sending a letter to your state legislator) at Mark Gold’s (of Heal The Bay) blog http://spoutingoff.wordpress.com/ on the proposed state legislation that would introduce a 25 cent charge on basic plastic bags. This would discourage (perhaps nearly eliminate) these lightweight single-use bags that are ubiquitous in the most natural parts of our rivers.

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