Thank you to Thalia Tinoco for drawing our attention to the issue of plastic pollution. (“A Cleaner Environment,” June 1). According to the Center for Biological Diversity, billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences that make up about 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces. At current rates, plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050.
Besides plastic bags, plastic drinking straws make up a considerable amount of trash that ends up in our waters. I appreciate local restaurants that serve drinks without the needless straws and wish all would do so. I encourage all stores to eliminate the use of plastic bags, encouraging customers to bring their own bags or reuse boxes already in stores.