See what a cow has to say about plastic bag pollution in Texas

See what a cow has to say about plastic bag pollution in Texas

Asher Price American-Statesman Staff

11:30 a.m. update: In the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, 11 year-old friends Lila Mankad and Caoilin Krathaus piled into a car in their Houston neighborhood with each of their fathers to deliver a message to lawmakers in Austin: Ban single-use plastic bags.

The two kids, part of an organization called Bag-free Bayous, were at the Capitol on Tuesday to discourage lawmakers from striking down bag bans in about a dozen cities around Texas, including Austin.

The persistent problems of bags hanging from trees and washed into waterways “give our bayous a bad reputation,” Caoilin said.

She and Lila regularly clean their neighborhood park of plastic bags — only to see them soon reappear. For about a year now, they have gathered petitions to push Houston to ban plastic bags.

At a press conference, they were surrounded by adults dressed as a cow, a goat and a sea turtle — wildlife that environmentalists say are at risk from plastic bags blowing into waterways or rangeland.

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