Plastic Pollution

Column: We cannot recycle our way out of plastic pollution – The Local

The unaltered stomach contents of a dead albatross chick photographed on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific in September 2009 include plastic marine debris fed the chick by its parents. (Public domain image by Chris Jordan of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters )

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By Paula Jones

Whose responsibility is fixing the plastic pollution crisis? Is it the consumer’s duty to choose sustainable products over convenience-inspired (but hardly environmentally friendly) single-use plastics? Or should manufacturers share that responsibility?

Eco-minded consumers are very discouraged. What to do when the tomatoes you buy are packed on Styrofoam trays and wrapped in plastic film?

Sure, packaging is important, but have these single-item, single-use packages gone too far with individual prunes wrapped in plastic, shrink-wrapped potatoes, peppers, and cucumbers? It’s too much!  

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What to do when all this resin is turning our oceans into plastic soup.

NPR and PBS Frontline, after exhaustive investigations, reported their findings in two series: Source…