SOMETIMES THERE'S GOOD NEWS
Increasingly there are groups, large and small, commercial and otherwise, working to solve some of earth's problems. These two are providing alternatives.
Precious Plastic "...is a global community of hundreds of people working towards a solution to plastic pollution." Their site provides tutorials, a large selection of free source plans for things like "...machines that enable anyone to recycle plastic..." and even a bazaar for selling items made from recycled plastic ranging from baskets to jewelry to drawer knobs. One of the things I found most hopeful was the map that shows how far their community reaches. Cruise their site at https://preciousplastic.com/
A very recently introduced effort at combating plastic pollution is Ralph Lauren's "Earth Polo." Their site proclaims that "Each shirt is made from 12 plastic bottles" and the company pledges to recycle hundreds of millions of plastic bottles by 2025. And do I care that the shirt is expensive? If the shirts last as long as the bottles that are currently floating in our oceans and washing up on our shores last, they're worth every penny: https://tinyurl.com/y3voy5hw
Experts, studying data from plastic caught in the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) between 1967 and 2016 has confirmed a rapid increase in plastic pollution in our oceans. In 2015 is was estimated that 50 million tons 'littered' earth's water; and it is estimated that this will increase by 2025 to 150 million tons.
That's a lot of zeroes and a lot of plastic trash in the earth's seas; and what makes all this even worse is that the survey and the resultant report is based on information captured in ONLY "...the North Atlantic and adjacent seas..."
The CPR survey is part of the Marine Biological Association of the UK:
The data is compiled in the report here: