, Newburyport, MA

June 28, 2013

Take a small step for humankind

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Sometimes we overdo things.

This time it’s plastics … and convenience, especially by using the flimsy, single-use plastic bags that we find at most stores.

Sometimes, we get lazy and too hurried to think about what’s in our best interest as human beings.

Plastic is a wonderfully useful substance and a fascinating transformation for the science layperson from the black oil we have pumped out of the earth. However, even though it has been said to be the future — implying something good — it can have a dark side as well.

Certainly, we can bring more rugged cloth bags with us when we shop.

Certainly, it’s “An Inconvenient Truth” that we can reduce the pollution that the bags cause once discarded and take this small step for humankind.

John Harwood