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The Plastic Bag Free Los Alamos campaign began with Mrs. Michele Altherr’s Kinnikinnick Club and an environmental group for elementary-age children who had decided that we wanted to do something big for the Earth.
Everyone voiced several ambitious ideas before Mrs. Altherr, the group leader, suggested stopping plastic bag use.
At the time none of us in the club had any idea how bad they were for the environment.
We decided to promote reusable bags and shun plastic ones by putting together an educational campaign including a computer presentation and a public service announcement. We researched our project on the Internet and in the process we found some shocking information.
For example, disposable plastic bags don’t biodegrade. Instead, they photodegrade, meaning they break down into tiny pieces. That doesn’t sound too bad at first, because animals don’t get tangled in them after they’ve photodegraded, but plastic bags absorb toxins like DDT and PCB and that’s not all.
Plastic bags kill animals when they get tangled up in them or ingest toxic bits of them. People can also be poisoned, or in the case of infants, suffocated.
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