Plastic has been mass produced since the 1950s and since then has become an accepted part of our lives, but our waterways have been the recipients of single use plastics such as straws and plastic containers with undesired consequences. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality notes that every 17.5 seconds, people in our state throw away enough plastic bottles to reach the height of the Bank of America Building in Charlotte (871 ft).
Avoiding single-use plastics is an excellent way to help the environment. Getting reusable water bottles instead of plastic or styrofoam cups and buying reusable grocery bags for shopping reduces the amount of plastics that could go into our water. Some stores have announced a switch from plastic bags to paper. It will all help.
Happy Earth Day 2023!