Dianne Jennings of Northbreak, project leader for C.A.R.E (Citizens Against Ruining the Environment), an all-volunteer, 501c3 organization, said the problem of waste from plastic, especially single-use plastic, is a problem all over the world.
What's especially problematic is the resulting microplastic. which has been found in fresh water systems, including the Great Lakes, Jennings said.
"These small pieces are starting to show up everywhere," Jennings said. "They've been found in drinking water and detected in table salt...we're beginning to ingest the stuff. It's showing up in blood and we just read an article about it showing up in human feces, too."
Jennings said one serious plastic problem concerns synthetic fabrics. When water leaves the machine, so does microfibers from the fabrics, which winds up in treatment plants, the Great Lakes and people's drinking water because "they can't get the fiber out."
What about lifestyle changes? Jennings said the presentation will touch on those, too.
"We all feel we want something tangible to do," Jennings said. "And right now, those actions seem to be kind of limited."
For instance, Jennings said she's heard discussion about banning disposable drinking straws, but she has mixed feelings about it since these straws are useful in certain settings, such as health care and some special needs.
(Above, C.A.R.E members Jen Garlitz, Sandy Burcenski, Mary Burnitz and Ellen Rendulich by one of the nonprofit's plastic displays).