In response to the recent article about the Clean Power Alliance, I would like to also bring attention to Environment California’s efforts to reduce our plastic waste statewide.
We should start by banning cups and take-out containers made of polystyrene, or what’s better known as Styrofoam.
Our economy encourages us to make, use and dispose of consumer items as fast as possible. As a result, our waste is killing wildlife, such as whales and sea turtles, at unsustainable rates.
Because polystyrene and other plastics never fully biodegrade, plastic pollution pervades in all places imaginable: alpine lakes, remote arctic islands, our seafood and our drinking water.
Unless urgent action is taken, a recent report by the Ellen Mac- Arthur Foundation predicted there would be more plastic by weight than fish in the oceans by 2050. Our state legislators must take action to support a statewide ban on all single-use plastics, starting with polystyrene.