What can cities in Thurston County do in an effort to reduce our ecological footprint? Stop using plastic bags. As a student at Western Washington University, I couldn’t help but notice that Bellingham altogether got rid of single-use plastic bags, and charges five cents for every paper bag used. This is a great strategy for getting community members to bring their own reusable bags.
When I saw this, I wondered why some Thurston County cities weren’t partaking in this simple and easy way of helping our environment.
According to the Sierra Club, Americans use 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year, and these 100 billion plastic bags are using an estimated 12 million barrels of oil. This simple change can hugely reduce our oil consumption.
If our community pushes to make this change, then we can become an even more environmentally friendly region. And until this change is made, we need to continue using reusable and paper bags as often as possible. We need to do all that we can to keep our world green.