It is not enough to single out plastic bottles, coffee cups, or the microbeads found in cosmetics. We urgently need the government to form a comprehensive plastic action plan. Banning all plastic bags and single-use packaging would be a good start, but we need to go way beyond that. Plastic production has to be reduced, just as alternatives should be encouraged.
The earth will go on after we have destroyed ourselves. If we don’t want to destroy ourselves, we must do something. Straws aren’t usually necessary. Plastic carrier bags aren’t usually necessary. Plastic packaging protected by plastic packaging is definitely not necessary. Plastic has a place and a use in modern life, but we have gone way beyond that.