Public Library goes green
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[April 21, 2009]
Last year, over 100 billion
plastic shopping bags were used in the United States alone.
Groceries, retail stores, restaurants, video stores and even our own
public library all use plastic bags to package our purchases, DVDs
and our borrowed books.
Plastic bags have a very low recycling rate: only 1 percent to 3
percent currently in the U.S. Plastic bags don't degrade easily in
the natural environment or in landfills. In fact they do not
biodegrade, they photo-degrade, which can take up to 1,000 years,
breaking into smaller and smaller particles, which are often toxic
to surrounding ecosystems.
The Lincoln Public Library, in a
celebration of Earth Day on April 22, will begin selling reusable
bags for library users to transport books to and from the library.
The 100 percent recyclable bags are made from recycled materials and
will sell for $1.25 each. The green bags feature a tree motif with
books as the foliage.
Deb DeJarnette of the library said that the library wanted to
stop buying costly plastic bags and instead go with an
earth-friendly approach and offer the reusable bags for public
In these tight economic times, don't overlook your local public
library as an inexpensive source of entertainment. Stop by and check
out the selection of books, DVDs, audio tapes and programs, and
support the Lincoln Public Library's efforts to go green.
[Text from file received from
Mitzi Rohlfs, coordinator, Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency]