Last night NBC News featured a story triggered by tsunami debris that put the spotlight on plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean. While it's great to see more attention to the issue of plastic pollution, the story fell short of offering some solutions. Tsunami debris is a relative drop in the bucket of global plastic pollution.
Plastic bag legislation, foam foodware bans, single-use water bottle reductions and extended producer responsibility are all ideas that will reduce plastic litter and the impacts on the marine environment. "Every bird we open has plastic, 100%" is not acceptable and we need to turn the tide on plastic pollution, NOW!