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Saturday Star - - L I F E S T Y L E - TURN­ING THE TIDE ON PLAS­TIC

Lucy Siegle Trapeze

A COU­PLE of weeks ago we fea­tured a book on the evils of plas­tic, but one can never be told enough to join the war against it. Enough plas­tic is thrown away ev­ery year to cir­cle the world four times. At the cur­rent rate, pieces of plas­tic will out­num­ber fish in the ocean by 2050. Plas­tic flows into our lives from ev­ery di­rec­tion, and most of it is not re­cy­cled. In­stead, it is in­cin­er­ated or ends up in a land­fill, where it will sit for hun­dreds of years, or en­ters the world’s seas where it frag­ments into tiny pieces. The au­thor says we need to turn our anger and emo­tion into ac­tion, start­ing by mak­ing a big dent in our own enor­mous con­sump­tion.

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