For those concerned about the environment, there is action to take today. Support S.113, an act that bans single-use plastic bags and expanded polystyrene food containers, and makes straws available only at the request of customers. This bill, originated and unanimously passed in the Senate, is being considered in the House. Voice your opinion by contacting your representative at the State House now. S.113 needs support immediately if it is to pass through the Legislature this year.
We have long known the harm that single-use plastics are causing our environment and our health. We also know that plastic does not degrade; rather, it lasts in the environment for as long as 500 years. Plastic, as it degrades, is being ingested by humans and animals; it causes levels of toxicity that are only beginning to be understood. This is a cruel harm to our environment, especially with single-use plastics. Single-use plastics have mere minutes of use but will remain pollutants for centuries to come. Passing S.113 is a great first step to stop plastic pollution.
We need to make an immediate show of support by phoning and emailing our House members today. Find contact information at https://legislature.vermont.gov/ It is also very effective to call the State House Sergeant-at-Arms office (1-800-322-5616 or 828-2228); a phone message will be delivered to your representative.
As Paul Burns of VPIRG has written, "We’re drowning in plastic pollution, and Vermont has a chance to pass the nation’s best law to help stop it."