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Letter: Saving the planet
August 20, 2013, 05:00 AM Letter

Editor,

A number of city councils passed plastic bag bans. In their haste, they might have overlooked a far more effective way to save the planet: changing the packaging for shampoos! The plastics from these bottles likewise last forever in a landfill or in the great garbage patch in the ocean. Yuck! Washing hair also wastes water. Without hair, shower time could be reduced by 45 seconds or more. That will save 16 billion gallons a year in a state of 38 million. Saving water also saves energy for water distribution and treatment. While plastic bags have many uses, such as lining trash bins, your hair offers little utility: A simple brimmed hat blocks UV better. In fact, without hair, you will have fewer clogged sewerage pipes, reducing maintenance cost for families and cities. Better yet, without a full head of lustrous hair, you can avoid hurting the feelings of people to whom nature is less generous. Next time your local politicos consider a bag ban, ask them to lead by example and start with something more ecologically effective. Ask them what is more important: looking good or doing the right thing; Ask them to shave it, or shove it.

Fred Perry

Daly City

 

 

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