Aspen third-graders: Ban the bags |

Aspen third-graders: Ban the bags

ASPEN – Recently, Summer Pennetta and Ramsay Hill’s third-grade students at Aspen Country Day School weighed in their opinions on the plastic-bag issue.

Here’s a sampling:

My opinion is that everyone should bring their own bags to the grocery store. One reason to have no plastic bags is because they are very wasteful. Plastic bags are wasteful because people don’t reuse them enough. Another reason to not have plastic bags is because they cause a great deal of pollution. Plastic bags end up in the rivers and the oceans and even kill animals. The last reason to not have plastic bags is because they take many years to biodegrade. Plastic bags can take 500 years to break down. My opinion is that the customers of City Market should not get any plastic bags and that they should bring their own. – Keaton Miller

I think people should bring their own reusable bags to the grocery store. I think we should not have plastic bags because they are bad for the environment. Plastic bags are bad for the environment because animals can eat them and die. Another reason is that plastic bags are very ugly lying around our beautiful town. We live in a beautiful place with pretty flowers and snowy mountains, and the plastic bags flying around make it ugly. I think it is important for people to stop using plastic bags and use their own reusable ones. – Eleanor Hicks

I think that grocery stores should ban plastic bags and people should bring their own reusable bags. One reason is because as soon as someone uses one they usually throw it straight away once they get home. Sometimes my dad comes home, puts away the food and throws the bags away. Another reason is that plastic takes a very long time to go away. When plastic goes to a landfill it can sit there for up to 1,000 years before biodegrading. Animals, like sea turtles, can mistake plastic for food. Sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and eat the bags. The bags can get stuck in their stomachs, and they can die. Because of these reasons, I think it would be great if stores got rid of plastic bags. – Tristan Silfverskiold

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