Published On: Fri, Nov 11th, 2016

Let’s find substitutes for plastic products

The Chronicle-Journal has published articles on the problem caused by the spread of plastic materials throughout the environment. It seems to me that this is one of the most serious problems we face in terms of evironmental protection. In my opinion, it is too often overlooked.

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Let’s find substitutes for plastic products

We read that our lakes, rivers and oceans are polluted with tiny plastic particles that are slowly entering the food chain through the fish we eat (Ottawa Moves to Ban Plastic Microbeads . . . – CJ, Nov. 5). Fish is not just important for sport; it is the basic source of nourishment for millions of people all over the world. Nevertheless, on a daily bases, we keep producing tons and tons of plastic garbage that is only partially recovered; most of it flows into the lakes and oceans.

What about drastically reducing plastic products to a healthy minimum? Why have we become so complacent that neither industries, nor politicians and, to a great extent, even individuals are willing to stop the misuse of such a serious environmental hazard? A good example are plastic bags and bottles. It would not take much to find a substitute but we’ve become so spoiled that we are unwilling to give up our habit. And these are just two examples among thousands. If we had a bit of determination, we could get rid of most plastic products and find smart solutions.

Perhaps we could learn a thing or two from the longstanding respect of nature coming from the First Nation communities. If we keep polluting the land, our vital water basins and the atmosphere, soon we will only have ourselves to blame and it will be too late to turn back the clock.