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.

Esther Stenson


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Ms. Stenson needs to check her facts before being hyperbolic. There is very little of the US's plastic that ends up in the "40% of the world's oceans". An extreme propostion if ever there was) The amount of plastic straws is about 1/3 or 1% or so. Why do these eco-nuts that want to control everyone else's behavior have to go all Al/Gor on us. Just call for individual responsibility and let us have our straws and plastic bags (that have less of a carbon footprint-their ugly term, not mine- than their alternatives). Bunch of busy bodies, with enough real problems on their hands. Sheesh.

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