On Sat, 7 Apr 2018 05:12:59 -0700 (PDT), wolfbat359
Post by wolfbat359
If you ever feel like the world's plastic nightmare might never end, a new study shows proof that plastic pollution legislation actually works.
There are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor ever since a number of European countries introduced fees on the items, according to a 25-year study from the UK government's Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).
Researchers found an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland.
"It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, NGOs or government to reduce plastic bags are having an effect," Thomas Maes, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS, said in a statement. .... (cont)
I have a bagful of plastic bags from my favourite
Chinese take-out place, because that's the only
kind of bag they have, and I feel guilty if I discard
it after I eat. I've tried to make a point of taking
one of those plastic bags with me when I'm
planning to go to that restaurant again, but of
course I hardly ever remember.
It's like a few dreams I've had lately, in which
friends who died decades ago are characters.
It takes me a few seconds after waking up to
realize "Oh, right, he's dead". This is what
happens when people get old. It should be
scary, but so far it's not been scary enough,
since I do quickly remember they're dead.
There will come a day, though, when after
waking up I'll fish out my address book and try
to telephone them, before I realize they're
San Francisco has semi-banned plastic straws
now, BTW. You can still get a plastic straw if
you ask for one, but by law now, establishments
have to give you paper straws unless you ask
I have been pretty ecological at my Chinese
take-out place. I use wooden chopsticks instead
of the plastic forks, just out of preference but I
still get points for being ecological. I don't use a
throwaway plastic spoon for the soup, since I
drink the soup right out of the container.
However, the container is still plastic. I don't
know what to do about that. I can just shove
a plastic bag in a back pocket, but there's no
such easy way to carry a plastic soup bowl
around without it being an inconvenience.