OK, then, what can we humans do to achieve a sustainable future that lives in harmony with the planet and its current inhabitants?
One suggestion is contained in the AP article by Seth Borenstein “New science report urges U. S. should make less plastic to save oceans,” (E-R, Dec. 2), as recycling and proper disposal cannot keep up with the vast amount of plastic waste generated. Furthermore, this reduction would help lessen our dependency on the finite resource of fossil fuels, the mining and burning of which continues to degrade the land masses, waterways, and air quality upon which we all depend.
While corporate interests continue to mull over how and when they will become part of the sustainable future, we consumers can do our part by refraining from using plastics that are not easily recyclable such as plastic produce bags and baggies. There are reusable fine mesh bags of varying sizes on the market now for bagging your produce, and silicone resealable bags of varying sizes to replace ziplock baggies. Check them out on Amazon. I predict when people start buying them online, supermarkets will catch on and offer them for sale in the food storage aisle and at their own checkout counters. And hey, what a great stocking stuffer for the environmentally conscious among us!
— Marcella Seay, Magalia