Dear Editor,

There’s no ban (or fee) on disposable bags in Sarasota, Fla., where I live, but it’s just as easy—and more responsible—for me to stash tote bags by the door and grab them when I go shopping.

In One Can Make a Difference, Rebecca Hosking, the woman who made the documentary Hawaii: Message in the Waves, explains that more than 100,000 birds and marine animals die every year after they mistake floating plastic bags for food and eat them.

Brown bags aren’t green either. According to the National Co-op Grocers Association, approximately 14 million trees are used annually to make paper bags for Americans, destroying wildlife habitats and displacing animals.

Using inexpensive, reusable bags is a simple, selfless, and effective way to help clean up our planet and reduce animal suffering. Please think about animals and the environment when you go to the store.



Heather Moore

PETA Foundation

501 Front St.

Norfolk, VA 23510