Joyce Goodchild lives in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. I
had the great pleasure to meet Joyce when she called me to volunteer at an
event that I was organizing for Capt. Charles Moore. Joyce is very interested
in the environment and helping in any way possible. She also encourages her grand
children to care for the Earth and regularly goes out to clean the roads around
her house when she usually finds plastic of all kinds.
In addition to being an outspoken ‘chirping bird’ Joyce is
also an enthusiastic writer and recently sent the following letter to multiple
Our country, along with China and Europe, is one of the
biggest producers of plastic waste in the world. Not only plastic shopping bags,
but excessive packaging harms our environment, fills our landfills and harms
wildlife, particularly when it gets into the ocean.
Most of this plastic, containing mixtures of materials that
lack durability or cannot be separated, cannot be recycled nor reused. Many of
these pollutants, which have been found to be chemically harmful because they
are either potentially toxic or absorb other pollutants, are classified as solid
waste and are treated in the same way as food scraps or grass clippings.
It is imperative for the health of our planet that these
three countries come to an agreement to classify these materials as hazardous
because of the damage they do when they decompose, and the United States should
lead the way. Any manufacturer of plastic, including the food and drug
industries, which produce such an incredible amount of waste in their packaging,
should have to prove their packaging is safe too.
The Chirping Bird Society thanks you for this one of many contributions, Joyce. Well done!