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An oily proposition

Dear Editor:

As a girl who walks to the grocery store and takes RFTA home with her groceries, I’d like to point out that for every mile you drive you are tossing 16 plastic grocery bags out of the window.

I find that I use more plastic when I use my canvas bags as I don’t want to wash them often, so I use the veggie bags to wrap up wet and fragile items.

I looked through all my canvas bags and found most are made in China, even the city of Aspen (aspenglobalwarming.com) bag. Now, how much oil does it take to transport these environmentally sound bags from China to Aspen?

This whole feel-good endeavor reminds me of the “drink bottled water” campaign. Each bottle of water uses more water to make than it has in the bottle, plus there’s the oil to produce the plastic bottle, which is made in China, and the oil used to transport it here … Let’s ban bottled water and save, really save, the environment!

We are all walking advertisements for some company or city with our canvas bags; I can’t help but wonder what company was behind this latest gag for free advertising … or was it the oil industry?

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The plastic bags we get at our grocery store are made of at least 25 percent recycled material, and they are made in the USA. Banning them will cost Americans their jobs while giving jobs to China – and I doubt it’ll save one drop of oil.

Donna Thompson

Aspen

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