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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “Senator Whitehouse and environmental advocates tell industry: We need less plastic”

  1. salgal

    I’ve recently reached my tipping point. I was aware, of course, like everyone that plastics are killing our oceans. But as the result of no particular event/posting/article, I now see plastic everywhere! And I am approaching management/vendors to draw attention to the pervasiveness. So much so, it’s usage to some degree is invisible. Normalized. I’m going to check out this coalition. They are seriously knowledgeable!

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  2. Barry Schiller

    Yay for “Break Free from Plastics!” In context of legislation for phasing out single use plastic bags, it was so disappointing to see our “Ocean State” legislature bow to the plastics industry that evidently cares nothing about ocean pollution, instead of helping protect the oceans. Feel good voluntary recycling at store bins, their alternative, recovers only a small % of bags as consumers have no incentive to recycle them. Some wind up as wind blown litter in bushes as well as in the sea. Or they are often put into the regular recycling stream where we are told they foul the recycling machinery. So its disappointing the Resource Recovery Corporation didn’t actively support the bag phase-out. Also disappointing, the big grocery and drug store chains do so little. Stop and Shop once gave a 5 cent credit for each bag one reused instead of taking a bag, but they stopped doing that without explanation. Shaw’s never even did that much. Sad!

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