Ban foam cups and protect our oceans | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

Our waterways are under threat from harmful plastic pollution. Americans throw away an estimated 70 million plastic foam cups each year, and about one-third end up in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

Here, on Bainbridge Island, we see this pollution first hand and it is time we do something about this hazardous, single-use villain.

This plastic waste doesn’t biodegrade, but instead breaks down into smaller pieces that continue to pollute our waterways for decades. Dangerous plastic fragments have been found ingested by literally hundreds of different species, and have been found in drinking water. We and marine animals are at risk because of profitable, environmentally ignorant businesses.

It isn’t just the health of our wild spaces in peril. Our “clean” drinking water supplies are also in danger from our wasteful habits.

Material over money and wildlife over waste! Let’s protect our waterways, our own health and our wildlife by banning foam cups and takeout containers here in Washington.

We are the voice of the ocean, and it’s calling.

MYKHAIL LEMBKE

Field Manager, Fund for the Public Interest

Bainbridge Island

More in Letters to the Editor

Kudos for our biggest collection event ever | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, a program of Sustainable Bainbridge,… Continue reading

Add your voice to Indivisible Bainbridge | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I’m writing to invite everyone interested in taking action… Continue reading

From tariffs to the wall, Trump is wrong | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Well, I don’t have a degree in economics nor… Continue reading

ACE Hardware comes through for our kids | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island would like to heartily… Continue reading

Quality public schools add community value | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Please join us in voting yes on the Bainbridge… Continue reading

Levy is a high-priority investment in schools | Letter to the editor

To the editor: This February, Bainbridge Island School District will place a… Continue reading

Commit to finishing schools on Bainbridge | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I’ve sent in my vote and voted for YES… Continue reading

Vote yes to support EMS on Bainbridge | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I am currently a board member of the Bainbridge… Continue reading

Council should learn from its past mistakes | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I’m getting tired of giving the city council this… Continue reading

School levy will help modernize our schools | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Please join me in support of the school levy.… Continue reading

BHS 100 Building needs to be rebuilt | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I am writing in regard to Proposition 1, the… Continue reading

We want better management of Bainbridge schools | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Yes, “Our Schools… Our Future” — But, depending on… Continue reading