Time city took a stand against most plastic

Kathryn Williamson, Morgantown
A recent National Geographic magazine cover features an iceberg-looking shape in the ocean, but on closer inspection you can see it’s actually just a plastic bag. The message is clear, and the facts are even clearer.
There are about 9 million tons of plastic in the ocean. We aren’t sure how long it takes plastic to degrade, but it could be thousands or millions of years. In the meantime, ocean animals ingest “microplastics” that destroy their gut and prevent them from eating real food.
Five ocean “gyres” have trapped enough garbage and plastic to cover a land area equal to Texas, or maybe Russia, depending on different estimates. But none of this has to happen. More than 40 percent of plastics are used just once, and for most of these we can easily find alternatives.

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