Plastic Can Harm the Environment in More Way You Can Imagine
Plastic bags fill up ocean and land alike. They make up 10% of the washed-up garbage polluting American coastline, and more end up in landfills as the recycling cost is too high.
And they take forever to go. An average plastic bag can take decades, even centuries to decompose, not to mention the time it takes for the contained chemicals to break down.
And they kill. Mistaking plastic bags for food alone kills almost 1,000,000 birds,100,000 turtles and many other marine animals each year. Take causalities caused in other ways by floating plastic, such as entanglement and suffocation, into account and the number becomes more staggering.
And think twice before taking a paper bag -- These come from trees (14 million trees every year for US market alone to be exact) and produce twice the atmospheric waste of plastic bags.
That's why we pushed for a ban against them.
Reduce, reuse, recycle -- One simple solution is to decrease the amount of unnecessary plastic we use in the first place. Banning and replacing single-use plastic bags has been done in many cities around the world, and we at Seaside Sustainability are excited to be working on a plastic reduction initiative in the town of Rockport.
Our targets include plastic bags, polystyrene (Styrofoam) food-ware, plastic cutlery, plastic straws and stirrers, balloons, and single-use plastic water bottles. Considering the availability of compostable and reusable alternatives, as well as the economic benefits, we are hopeful that Rockport will be motivated to take these important steps to maintain the beauty and health of our local environment.
In Rockport, Seaside Sustainability presented a proposal for all single-use straws, stirrers and plastic bags to be removed from businesses, and will be the proud witness of its coming into effect.
On September 17th, 2018, residents voted "yes" to the proposal at town hall meeting.
After the vote, the ban received a generally positive public response
On Sep 27th, 2018, Seaside hosted an event to educate business owners about affordable compostable and reusable alternatives to plastic.
Starting from March 2019, compliance will be monitored by the Rockport Board of Health.