So far, I haven't seen extreme pollution, but it is still there. I have seen plastic water bottles, plastic bags, a tennis ball, and Frito/Dorito bags. Plastic pollution is a very serious problem that not many people seem to take seriously because they don't physically see it. Marine animals, such as turtles and fish, eat micro-plastic by mistaking it for food. Large amounts of plastic consumption can cause marine animals to choke, sustain major injury, or die. Pharmaceuticals are also digested by filter feeders (oysters, plankton, etc.) which can cause them to have low reproductive rates and possibly die. Plastic pollution doesn't only affect marine life, it also affects humans too. Small plastic fibers can be found in 83% of tap water sinks in Metropolitan areas. Also, did you know that majority of the large water bottle distributors carry water bottles with plastic contamination in them? So you most likely have plastic germs floating around your stomach!
So unless you want baby plastic fibers ending up in your seltzers, please recycle your recyclables and throw away your trash in the correct bins. I know for a fact that I'm talking to ALL my friends and family about investing in reusable grocery bags, instead of paper or plastic. Paper bags are heavier and bulkier to deliver than plastic, so not only are you killing more trees, but you're putting more smoke into the air as well (fun fact, tell your parents).
See you next week!