Elizabeth Taber Library screens documentary on plastic waste

Aug 12, 2019

MARION — In association with the Sippican Lands Trust and New England Coastal Wildlife Association, the Elizabeth Taber Library screened the award winning documentary “STRAWS” on Tuesday, Aug. 6 to start a conversation on how to reduce plastic waste in Marion.

The film highlights how billions of non-recyclable plastic straws litter streets, and end up in the ocean. Straws and other plastic waste are not biodegradable, which means that marine wildlife often consume plastics, or get caught up in bags or nets.

Event planner Tanya Ambrosi said that while the issue of plastic waste seems huge, small changes made by individuals can add up to create change. Opting out of straws at restaurants, using bar soap instead of body wash in a plastic container, and using reusable shopping bags and water bottles can all cut down on plastic waste.

Ambrosi said that as a coastal community, Marion is especially at risk to plastic pollution, as many members of the community rely on the ocean for fishing, sailing, and other activities.

“It’s important that we protect the ocean, not only for us, but for future generations,” Ambrosi said.

The New England Coastal Wildlife Association had a table featuring alternatives to single use plastic products. Glass containers for food, paper, or reusable metal straws, and plastic ware made from recycled materials can all benefit the effort to reduce waste.

Ambrosi said that the next step in addressing the issue of plastic waste in Marion is for interested individuals to come together and plan preventative measures at the municipal level. Ambrosi said that she has considered townwide bans on materials like plastic straws and bags as part of a solution to cutting down on total plastic waste.

To contact Ambrosi call 508-542-525, or email tanyaambrosi@gmail.com.