Last week, the beaches of the Benton Harbor, Michigan, area reflected a beautiful blue sky, waves whooshing onto the shore, children jumping and playing in the sparkling Lake Michigan water, white sail boats against the horizon.
Litter is fast food cups, beer bottles, random tennis shoes, blowing plastic shopping bags — anything that is thrown into an open or public place, including cigarette butts.
Dear EarthTalk: I am in the market for a small motor boat to putter around in lakes near my home in Michigan but I don’t want to contribute to water pollution. What are my options?
Pictures are published on the internet showing the horrors of plastic waste in the natural world — majestic sea turtles wrapped in filmy shrouds, elegant water fowl with constricted necks, curious critters with heads trapped in containers.