To the editor:
Plastic bags litter the landscape and end up in landfills where they take up to 1,000 years to degrade. They are also a threat to birds who ingest them and die by the thousands. Of course, it takes millions of barrels of oil annually to produce them.
Due to these environmental problems, cities such as Austin, Texas, and Bellingham, Wash., are requiring retailers to stop furnishing plastic bags to consumers. Will Lawrence be the first city in Kansas to protect the environment by implementing a plastic bag ban?