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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 11:45 am

Straits, N.C.

July 10, 2018


Does anyone remember that line in the film “The Graduate” where Dustin Hoffman’s character is poked in the chest by one of his father’s friends who says “I’ve got one word for you – Plastic”?

That guy really saw the future. Here we are 50 years later and we are drowning in a sea of plastic. The worst of it is that the sea itself is awash in plastic and many of the creatures of the sea are being adversely affected by all the plastic items we are discarding daily. That plastic never goes away — it just breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces.

There IS something we all can do about this. We, here, in Carteret County, living right beside this great and wonderful ocean, should be in the forefront of an effort to reduce the plastic items we use daily and often discard without thought.

We can take our own reusable bags to the grocery and other stores and avoid plastic bags. We can say “no straw” to our waiter in restaurants when we order a drink and suggest the restaurant use paper straws.

We can buy and reuse aluminum or steel bottles and eliminate the need to purchase all those plastic water bottles that end up on our roadsides, beaches and landfills. We can choose items in paper or cardboard at the grocery store whenever possible, and we can choose metal over plastic in some things we buy at the hardware stores.

Plastic is here to stay, but we, as individuals, can help to reduce the terrible pollution in our environment and make our surroundings healthier for all of us and for the generations to come.

Remember the 3 r’s: “reduce, reuse, recycle.”


  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.


  • DeadBolt posted at 2:36 pm on Fri, Jul 20, 2018.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2124

    Don't worry, we'll create a newer problem , over state its virtue , and fearmonger people into higher fee's and fines by way of some organization with a nifty name in the case for a cleaner world!

    Trust me it works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gosh, i wonder if there are some hula hoops left from the 50's???????

    What a whopper chopper. [wink]

  • francis posted at 6:54 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2018.

    francis Posts: 4227

    DeadBolt; how can you be so insensitive. The libs. want immediate action because we are drowning in capitalistic plastic. Actually cleanups need to start in a multinational way. Now, just what do you do with said plastic if you could gather up it all? Does not recycling bring with it’s own environmental issues?

  • francis posted at 4:39 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2018.

    francis Posts: 4227

    Can remember using straws to project spitballs in grade school. Today that would be assault just like dodge ball.

  • dc posted at 10:16 am on Sun, Jul 15, 2018.

    dc Posts: 5220

    Go back to yesteryear when a kid or even a grown--up could collect enough bottles to buy a snack or even groceries. Passing out straws unnecessarily is a big waste in more than one way. Never saw anyone use one when drinking from a pitcher pump but bet leftists would try it.

  • DeadBolt posted at 8:05 am on Sun, Jul 15, 2018.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2124

    Wow, in point of fact, our use as a Country is nowhere near some studies i peeked at?????????

    ie: this is not a 'major' topic of concern , not to say its not in the picture, but hardly an issue that needs immediate action , unless you plan on invading other countries, and making them bend to a standard.

    Here is another study.


    Let me know when we fix all the injustices of the entire world.

  • DeadBolt posted at 7:22 pm on Sat, Jul 14, 2018.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2124

    According to the Nature Conservancy , Asia is the largest offender by far then anyone else on the globe, statistically. ie: they are totally not doing alot of recycling , virtually none, so, i did find this clip interesting .


  • lowtide posted at 8:45 pm on Fri, Jul 13, 2018.

    lowtide Posts: 12

    @francis, it's nice that you agree on this subject, but burning plastic releases a lot of harmful chemicals into the air...better to either not use it at all or recycle it if possible

  • francis posted at 1:39 pm on Fri, Jul 13, 2018.

    francis Posts: 4227

    Carolyn is ABSOLUTLY correct. Irresponsible disposal of plastic items is a massive problem. Personally, I ensure that no plastic from my home ever reaches the landfill. Incineration of all burnables makes that happen. China has ceased importing our recyclable waste so expect the landfills to rapidly fill. There is only so much we in the US can do. Plenty of other countries show precious little concern on this issue. The ocean is their trash dump.

    Be careful with that reusable grocery bag. Cross contamination is a real problem with them and they often do not wash well.


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