March has brought the relief of milder weather to West Michigan. At my apartment complex near Grand Valley State University, the entrance marquis is lettered with a joke from these past freezing months: “A little global warming, please!”
Some of the most iconic images of marine litter involve plastic. Picture a turtle caught in plastic six-pack rings, a tree’s branches draped with shopping bags, or a highway median full of empty bottles.
Bruce Los, vice president of Gentex Corp. — a $1.2 billion manufacturing company located in tiny Zeeland, Mich. (population 5,508) — often hosts executives from foreign auto companies like BMW, Nissan and Toyota.