Making the international news this month is England’s proposal to join France’s ban on plastic cutlery – by banning plastic straws. These national bans are in response to recent research on the garbage patch that continues to grow in the Atlantic and Pacific. The Pacific garbage patch, mostly made up of plastic waste, is now 3 times the size of France and is creating obvious problems for ocean life and ocean navigation.
Some argue the best and most cost effective solution to relieving this issue is to not produce/use certain disposable products at all – this approach is known in environmental circles as Pollution Prevention or waste reduction.
Increasing human consumption of disposable straws, plastic cutlery, plastic bags and other non – biodegradable, disposable plastics are finding their way into the world’s oceans and due to ocean currents collecting, en mass, in huge floating garbage patches in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.