One thing I've noticed here in the US is that there is trash everywhere, collecting in the "unspace", places where there is no movement or wind or people to brush them away.
A few things stick out - styrofoam cups, plastic drink covers, and plastic bags.
My proposal: Plastic is to be prohibited for uses where the lifetime of use is less than a day.
Can we start with that?
Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts could start by no longer using those plastic cup covers that have a very short usage life but a very long trash life. Next, all fast food places could stop using any sort of plastic for drinks, utensils, plates, covers,and wrapping.
I think the cost of whatever alternative we come up with to match the convenience and public health features of plastic will be significantly outweighed by the reduced cost to our environment and reduced pollution.
What do you think?
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