Plastic straws have been a big topic of discussion as of late. It's no surprise that they're not great for the environment, but if a switch to plastic lids (à la Starbucks) is making you scratch your head, here's what you need to know.
In an article in Science published in 1912, Professor Giacomo Ciamician noted that “Coal… offers solar energy to humanity in its most concentrated form… but coal is not inexhaustible. Is fossil solar energy the only one that may be used in modern life and civilization?”
MASS PRODUCTION OF plastics, which began just six decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons—most of it in disposable products that end up as trash. If that seems like an incomprehensible quantity, it is. Even the scientists who set out to conduct the world’s first tally of how much plastic has been produced, discarded, burned or put in landfills, were horrified by the sheer size of the numbers.
“Keep Pensacola Beautiful is an outstanding organization for the Pensacola Community. They continue to find innovative ways to make Pensacola more beautiful, on land and even in the water. Partnering with Keep Pensacola Beautiful has helped us reach a new volunteer base and get more great projects out for the community to be proud of. It’s always a pleasure to work with them!”
--Beth Fugate, Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves 2017
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