School Email Exchange
After learning about all the plastic in the ocean, will your personal use of plastic change?
Question submitted by Bainbridge High School
One thing everyone onboard has in common is a deep concern for the health of our oceans. During afternoon classes we have shared different ways we have reduced, reused or recycled plastics at home. For me, I learned to make sure from now on my reusable bags do not contain plastic and to bring my own mug when buying a cup of coffee at a cafe.
We’ve also discussed how we might communicate about problems caused by the over-use of plastic and people not recycling it properly, without preaching to others or making them feel guilty. We know that plastics have been very helpful in improving science and medicine. There are very valid uses for it. Just saying plastic is “bad” is not a way to change the habits of people who may be unaware of the problems it causes, but we agree we need to find positive ways to do that.
In class today we heard from someone who works for a computer company. She said there are people whose job it is to listen to feedback from consumers and act upon it, and encouraged us to email companies and let them know if we are unhappy with the types and amount of packaging they use. I intend to do that.