To the Editor: The world is slowly coming to terms with all-pervasive plastics. Here’s the haunting reality: A sperm whale recently washed up on the Italian coast with 48 pounds of plastics inside her along with an emaciated still-born calf. Closer to home, in a worldwide test of drinking water, the U.S. had the highest percentage of micro-plastic contamination at 94 percent of samples compared to the worldwide average of 83 percent.
What that means for human health—we don’t know, but we can be sure contamination levels will rise as plastics use continues to rise.
Less than 10 percent of plastics get recycled in the U.S.
The good news: It looks like our legislature will pass bills limiting single-use plastic straws (they would be available if requested but not provided automatically); and phasing out single-use plastic bags at stores 1,000 s.f. and up. (Stores could charge 10 cents a bag if customers don’t have one).
The House passed the bills (HB 558 and HB 560); the Senate will vote soon.
Governor Chris Sununu hasn’t said if he’ll sign or veto them. Encourage his signing! He will be pressured by lobbyists to veto.
Some states and many towns nationwide have taken these steps. Let’s be among the leaders here.
Bags and straws are great steps to take. There’s lots more we as individuals can do in our daily choices.
FRANCIE VON MERTENS