Biodegradable plastic bags – a good solution to protect sea turtles? No.

We just read the following post in a seaturtle listserv in response to a reader who was optimistic about an article she read on a new “biodegradable” plastic bag.

turtle eating plastic...I don’t care how many so-called biodegradable plastic bags are put on the market – the best solution is to bring your own bag. It’s a great habit to get into. I keep a stash of them in my car so they’re always there when I do some shopping. And there are added benefits. I bring my own bag to Trader Joes and each time they enter my name in a weekly drawing for free groceries. Now that’s commitment to the environment on the store’s part, and a darn good incentive for customers! Continue reading