Deseret News
Letter to the editor

Plastic is used so much in our daily life, but it's usually used once and then thrown away.

When it's thrown away, where does it end up? The ocean. About 8 million metric tons of plastic is thrown away into the ocean annually. It is also estimated that about one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans every minute. Most organisms cannot distinguish food from plastic. When a fish or any other organism in the ocean consumes plastic, their stomach cannot digest the food. Plastic often fills up their stomach and causes them to starve.

Not only is plastic affecting marine life, it is also affecting humans. Most humans that consume fish also consume plastic because most marine organisms have consumed plastic. I have always been interested in marine life and the ocean, and it is a shame we humans are slowly killing it.

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This is a problem and we need to do something about it. It is estimated that about 500 million American use plastic straws each day. Rather than using plastic straws we should encourage people to buy reusable straws. Reusable straws are very handy because they can be used once then washed and used again. In the United States, 1,500 plastic bottles are thrown away every second.

If we just purchase a reusable bottle, it would make a huge difference. If we keep on the path that we are on, ocean life might not be around much longer.

Christian Vasquez

Salt Lake City