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Plastic Straws: An Environmental Problem Gaining Importance to the Public and the Marine Industry

NAMEPA took on the issue of marine debris 10 years ago as a way to reach and educate the public to “Save our Seas”.  More recently, we helped promote the idea of reducing the use of straws.  How does this affect the maritime industry?  As the public awareness and advocacy of environmental issues grows, they will be looking at industry’s that do not seem to be reducing their impact on the environment.  It is important that shipping be seen as proactive in this regard, or the “power of the public” will turn to us.

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