Stonington to consider banning plastic bags and straws

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Not only are the trays at Grass & Bone lined with recycled paper but the butcher shop and restaurant uses paper bags and containers for take out and even uses paper straws for drinks at the Mystic eatery.

Managing partner Mark Signor made the final decision to go paper not plastic after seeing a video on social media.

“That sea turtle with that straw on its nose is just terrible and that was sort of the last straw if you will,” said Signor.

Even the plastic they do use is Greenware so it breaks down quicker than regular plastic.

“Some people that are very pro environmental they really like to support locally businesses that do that,” said customer Christina Fullerton of Mystic.

Even if those paper straws which break down faster than plastic don’t last as long in the drinks either.

“They are lined with bees wax which helps but people definitely love the idea but technically it’s not great all the time,” said Signor.

Grass and Bone has been using the paper straws and those paper bags since day one and it’s something we may be seeing a lot more around town.

Stonington First Selectman Rob Simmons is hoping they’ll no longer be asking “paper or plastic?” at local stores.

“My daughter uses these bags for the community supported agriculture program and the farm stand,” says Simmons as he shows News8 recyclable bags which can be used instead of plastic bags like the insulated ones used at Stone Acres Farm in Stonington.

He also showed us a National Geographic article to illustrate the problems with plastic. One picture shows a bird whose head is covered by a plastic bag.

“Wildlife can get caught in these kinds of plastic bags,” said Simmons.

Simmons says selectman plan to create a committee to talk to businesses to see if they support a ban on plastic bags and plastic straws in town.

“And then come up with an ordinance with the board of selectman to take under consideration,” explained Simmons.

He says one time use bags are used for only about 15 minutes but they can stick around for years. 

“Does the bag end up you know getting out into the water?” asked Simmons as he looks at an aerial picture of Stonington’s shoreline on this International Plastic Bag Free Day.

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