A man carrying goods in plastic bags crosses a street where a sign promoting a plastic bag-free shopping experience is displayed outside a department store in Bangkok earlier this month.
A man carrying goods in plastic bags crosses a street where a sign promoting a plastic bag-free shopping experience is displayed outside a department store in Bangkok earlier this month. (ROMEO GACAD/Getty)

Erin Graziani, communications manager of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, simultaneously promotes re-using plastic bags as “trash can liners or to pick up after pets” while stating “We agree completely … that plastic bags do not belong in the environment” (“Plastic bags are reusable and recyclable,” Aug. 23).

It doesn’t matter how many times you reuse a plastic bag, it will end up in the environment, meaning the local landfill or incinerator. (The peculiarity of the word “landfill” struck me the other day. Like the “land” should be or needs to be “filled?" What, with garbage?)

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If we can’t pull ourselves together enough to remember to bring a few truly reusable bags to the store for our shopping, which mostly likely will be for products packaged in plastic themselves or pay a little more for biodegradable bags for trash can liners or pet waste, then we truly are a lost cause on this rock floating through space.

Kristin A. Lyman, Baltimore

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