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Might there be a glimmer of hope for the environment and our species longterm survival on this planet, now that MacDonalds has finally acknowledged a plastic-in-the-environment crisis of epic proportions? While MacDonalds starting to implement a program to eliminate the use of single-use-plastic-straws in the U.K. and Ireland, might not seem like much- given the magnitude of the underlying problem- it's at the very least a beginning, which makes me wonder why we all can't- individuals and businesses- do things similar on this side of the Atllantic and around the world?

For what started out as a not well thought through sense of convenience over the last 70 years, it is now a fair question to ask: How much has single-us-plastic and other non-biodegradeable materials already compromised the liveability of this planet's environment for ourselves and virtually every other species? This assault on the environment has gone into overdrive during the post WWII period, all because big business has been allowed to not figure the complete neutral in nature to neutral in nature cost of what government- leaned on by these corporations- has allowed it to produce. Whether it was product packaging or the product itself, manufacturers have been and continue to be allowed to wash their hands of responsibility for what they produce from the moment they put it into the stream of commerce. All to sell more without reasonable restriction justified by a preceived minor inconvenience of customers having to bring their own reusable bags and other containers, which might just be a first step to turning things around in the environment.

For starters, the primary concern of anything from nuclear material to plastic bags must be its long term impact and degradability in the environment. Several years ago Germany required that the price of something like a washing machine must be priced from neutral in nature to neutral in nature, instead of buying relatively cheap space in West Africa from poor countries, where they dumped their European waste.

While charging 10 cents a bag at the grocery store and elsewhere has to some extent cut down on the consumption of plastic bags, it does not address the bigger underlying problem, which now clearly manifests itself with huge plumes of plastic debris all over the ocean as was recently attested to by the finding of 17 lbs. of plastic in the stomach of a pilot whale.

I find it hard to believe that 2118 technology couldn't develop a more biosphere friendly technology for dealing with this and other problems, if corporate short term profits no longer was allowed to take primacy in this battle for survival.

In a capitalist system supposedly built on competition, where competition no longer seems to exist, what would happen if a market or other business opened that sold things that were only biodegradable? I know they would get my business.

If you have any similar ideas designed to turn around the not-so-slow-motion further degradation of our environment, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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