Frederick Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, having deeply considered the harms of plastics to the earth and its inhabitants, supports Maryland’s proposal to prohibit the dispensing of single-use plastic bags at checkouts across the state. We are moved to cherish the 3arth and to care for all of those with whom we share it.

We have come to understand that, from the fracking of the earth to obtain the bags’ primary building material, natural gas, to the chemical process of forming the bags, the process is destructive. In addition to the pollution and carbon producing elements of the bags' manufacture, their disposal has become a serious global concern.

Studies have shown that 75-92 percent of major grocery chain shoppers in Maryland still use single-use plastic bags. Of those, only 5 percent are recycled. Disposal of these bags results in their amassing in landfills, blowing or floating into land and aquatic habitats, where they seriously harm and often kill vast numbers of wildlife. They eventually degrade into the ubiquitous micro-plastics that enter our homes and even our bodies. While check-out plastic bags are typically used for 12 minutes, they take upwards of 500 years to biodegrade.

We strongly encourage Maryland lawmakers to end the wasteful use of these bags by supporting and passing HB314/SB223. We thank the legislators who introduced these bills, Del. Brooke Lierman and Senator Malcolm Augustine. We thank all of you who thoughtfully serve our state.

Betsy Tobin and Kathy Funkhouser are co-clerks of Frederick Friends Meeting

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I use the plastic bags are liners for my small garbage bags, but realize one thing. When the pandemic was in its early stages, some groceries banned reusable bags and plastic bags were necessary. Plastic does a better job of NOT spreading germs than cloth and paper do.


When the plastic bags first came out they still offered paper bags too. No more. And the cashiers don’t like handling the reusable bags and I don’t blame them for that, I wouldn’t either.


Chicago & San Francisco, both adjacent to huge bodies of water, have banned plastic shopping bags.


"Studies have shown that 75-92 percent of major grocery chain shoppers in Maryland still use single-use plastic bags. Of those, only 5 percent are recycled." Ummmm we still have the many cloth bags we washed frequently, but our favored grocery store prefers plastic. Insists. Or, bag your own. Now that we do rare huge shopping, no thanks, we are retired now, we don't work there. As for recycling, the bin there just for that, is gone, and we got a special notice about NOT using our bin for plastic bags. Apparently there is no market for them. Now what.


We recycle them when cleaning out the cat's litter box... Very handy...


And your alternative?? Cut down the forests for paper bags that were frowned upon and eliminated by the tree huggers.. I'm sick of ideas with no alternatives, AND I'm tired of being sick and tired!! Have a nice day !!


Reusable tote bags. Every supermarket has them, cheap too.


Have a batch of them and use 'em every trip. Use the free boxes at Costco and then break them down for recycling.

What most people seem to overlook are the ubiquitous plastic water bottles. The next time you see a congressional hearing on TV, watch who's drinking water from a plastic bottle.


[thumbup]micky Good point.


I've been using the same re-usable bags for years. I leave them in my trunk and use them whenever shopping. They have handles, and are easier to pack and carry than the disposable bags. You can get them with insulation and zippers. Why hasn't everyone been using them by now??

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