RE the article ‘‘Getting plastic off our beach’’ (Leader, February 28).
The article on turning the tide of plastic pollution of our oceans was a useful contribution to the debate, but it somewhat missed the point.
It is not all plastics on beaches that we should be talking about banning, but the single-use plastic packaging that is flooding our oceans and trashing our beaches.
Single-use bags, PET bottles, caps, food trays and wrappers are to blame; litter that is carried to our waterways through storm water.
Since every young person has at least one re-usable drink bottle in their sport bag, if Brett Pattinson succeeds in demonising the re-usable bottle and replacing it with his metal bottle, it will simply generate more plastic waste in the short term.
We must remind the public, re-use is the most practical form of recycling.
In taking aim at the re-usable plastic drink bottle, you are shooting one of the “good guys”.
George Dowle, Coogee