Ever-growing problem of plastic

Published: 6/18/2019 12:49:42 PM

Have you ever seen a really cool wild animal while on a road trip or just going outside? Well, those wild animals are being threatened by the ever-growing problem of plastic.

In the Scholastic News article “The Problem with Plastic it says,” “It affects not just the individual animals that eat plastic but the animals that eat those animals.” This implies that the food chain is a big factor to having plastic in animals because the plastic will just go around in a big circle from animal to animal. This doesn’t just include animals – it includes us too.

A way we can help ourselves, the world and the animals around us is by recycling. We can recycle plastic water bottles and soda cans. Over 22,000 beverage containers were found in the Connecticut River in 2018, according to the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source to Sea clean-up. Out of the 22,000 beverage containers, 4,874 bottles were plastic water bottles and 4,492 bottles were soda cans. So if we start to recycle our plastic water bottles and soda cans, we could make a huge difference in those numbers and make them lower.

Also, there are many single-use plastic things that we don’t need to use. We should start to not to use plastic bags. According to the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source to Sea cleanup, 1,097 plastic bags were found in the Connecticut River. We don’t need that one plastic bag just to carry one or two items that we bought. We don’t have to use a straw every time we go out for lunch or dinner. Those one-time use plastic water bottles? No, you don’t need it. Use a reusable water bottle. The less plastic we use the less plastic there is to harm wildlife.

If you recycle, you can help save your favorite wild animal and the world around you.

Monique Hadley

Colrain Central School


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