Magazine April 22, 2019, Issue

Drastic Plastic

A street vendor reaches for a plastic shopping bag after the New York State legislature included a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in their 2020 budget in Manhattan, April 2, 2019. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

As you may have heard, there’s an island of plastic the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean, because people in New York are driving across the country and dumping plastic straws and Starbucks take-out lids off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Well, probably not, but ocean plastic is our fault, because of capitalism. True; without capitalism, we would be squatting in huts slurping our drinks from hollowed gourds while a member of our extended clan picked nits from our back hair. Then again, that sounds like a weekend on the Jersey Shore.

I’m sorry. Where was I? Plastic waste. Right.

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Readers write in on Patrick T. Brown’s essay on parenting and Jack Fowler’s piece on Mark Janus.


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