I'd like us to live in a world where there aren't garbage patches (mainly comprised of plastic) floating in our oceans or on our sea floors and animals weren't dying with stomachs full of trash #UnleashValues. Unfortunately, plastic has become so ingrained in our culture that this positive future feels almost too distant to reach.
I think a critical way we can help with the plastic crisis is to just stop using it, which is of couse easier said than done. Instead of looking for the next best, more friendly plastic alternative, maybe it's time to bypass plastic, plastic-adjacent, and plastic mimicking products. On top of implementing (and properly enforcing) single use plastic bans, culturally shifting away from plastic is, in my mind at least, a step in the right direction. We could shift back to using glass, metal, ceramics, and bamboo. Also, the plastic we do have should be reused and repurposed rather than tossing it in the trash to go buy the 'sustainable' options. Although I don't know the extensive energy and environmental costs of these other products, I think the best way to stop contributing to plastic waste is to stop creating it so it cannot become waste.