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.