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Sunday, June 23, 2013
It is most encouraging to see the message at the close of your masthead advising that environmentally friendly soy ink is used in producing The Roanoke Times.
With concern for our footprint on this Earth, here’s a related question:
The neat plastic newspaper sleeves that protect the paper against bad weather assure subscribers of finding their news each morning in dry, pristine condition — nor rain, nor sleet, nor snow disturbs our daily ritual. But does this luxury come at a cost to the environment (not to mention our conscience)?
Given the popularity of The Times and number of inclement days we have, these small, folded rectangles of plastic can add up to still more plastic landfill. So, The Times needs to inform readers about the nature of the plastic used:
Is it biodegradable? If not, is there a certified biodegradable plastic that can be used? And how are these sleeves best recycled?
The simple exercise of concern in every home and public eatery adds up to a substantial difference. With respect to plastic, our lawmakers could — now — substantially contribute to the commonwealth’s health and dignity by enacting a 5-cent deposit law for plastic bottles, as have many other states.
Editor’s note: The circulation department informs us the bags are made of No. 4 plastic, accepted by some recycling programs. Readers can contact their locality’s solid waste department.
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