We are regular beach visitors (it is just a few miles away). We are used to a certain amount of junk on the beach. Maybe it was because of the wind, but yesterday the amount of trash was overwhelming. The beach had a long line of trash with the length of a few miles.
I like plastics (my jacket, kite, sunglasses all plastic), I think most of western wealth and our current state of living is related to the invention of plastics. I also think new plastics produced from renewable energy sources like corn, etc. will eventually have the same qualities as oil based plastics.
Everything that is waste is useless and costs money, why make things you don’t use? It is commercially interesting to reduce or stop to produce waste materials. (Dutch/English documentary: waste equals food)
What really bothers me are the people that just dump trash/plastics everywhere. My parents would have kicked my ass if I even dropped the smallest paper somewhere – and parents should. I can’t understand that people think it is normal to throw your trash on the street, beach, forest, sea, e.d..