I just watched a good chunk of This piece about plastic in the ocean. (Warning to viewers: there's quite a bit of R rated language, so take care where you view it. Also, I just skipped the parts where they were on their way out to sea, part 2 to about part 9.) The crew went out searching for a "garbage island" the size of Texas. What they found were billions of tiny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean, squeezing out life so that the samples that the researchers were gathering had a ratio of 1000 to 1 plastic to sea life. That's disgusting. That's unacceptable. God help me if I ever buy anything in a plastic bottle again.
Don't you dare tell me that plastics make it possible.