The Tribune published an article on Sept. 3 noting that the Great Lakes have multitudes of tiny floating plastic particles contaminating drinking water and fish. On April 20, American Profile identified a massive convergence zone of floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean, growing daily. The article included a disgusting picture of a Hawaiian beach with miles and miles and layer upon layer of plastic debris.
Charles Moore, author of "Plastic Ocean," found tiny plastic toxic endocrine mutation components in fish that are provided for supermarkets. As well, research indicates that plastic takes decades to biodegrade. Styrofoam clamshells never biodegrade.
What can we do? We can challenge our legislators. We can choose not to support products and services which abuse life. D&W and Meijer will provide brown bags, if requested, that biodegrade in 1-5 months. Or we can challenge our Tri-Cities area to begin a personal campaign by providing our own canvas bags.
In Grand Haven, we can do our part as a community to promote and take a stand for life quality.
Donna M. Ewers
Grand Haven Township