“The last Straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020” Reminded readers that our waste is killing our wildlife.
Our economy encourages us to make, use and toss at the greatest possible speed. Often, we don’t think twice about getting our coffee to-go in a foam cup, or food in a foam takeout container.
Currently, 70 million plastic foam cups are estimated to be disposed by Americans every day. Of these, about one-third end up in waterways: rivers, lakes and especially oceans.
Having grown up in Seattle, I fondly remember spending my summers out at Carkeek Park and Golden Gardens.
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To protect our wildlife and our waterways, we need to dramatically reduce our plastic waste, and we can start by banning foam cups and take-out containers here in Washington.
Jacob Cofflan, Seattle