We spent a number of weeks last year discussing the danger of plastics in their production, use, and disposal. We emphasized our personal responsibilities for alleviating the problem. Unfortunately, the problem is likely to grow bigger in the near future. Major oil companies, facing the prospect of reduced demand for their products, are ramping up their plastics output. A host of new petrochemical plants, using ethane feedstock supplied by the fracking boom, are coming on line … in operation, under construction, or awaiting regulatory approval. Since 2010, companies have invested more than $200 billion in 333 plastic and other chemical projects. As individuals, we may have little leverage to affect that, but we can ask: what have we in our own households done to minimize our personal plastic waste?
–St. John’s Care of Creation Group