Thank you for your excellent question. Iris would like it. Why do humans do things they know are bad? Partly because most bad things have some good, too. If plastic was completely bad, people would stop using it. But it does some good, also. Still, let’s agree that there are alternatives that could do the good without the bad. Then, why not change?
People often don’t pay attention to how something matters. They know plastic is bad, but they are used to using it, so they don’t think about how bad it is. But as Iris once wrote “where virtue is concerned we often … grow by looking.” That is, to improve things, you have to make the effort to focus on it, over and over, until you develop the real desire to change. When it comes to plastic, that really means urging people, corporations, and governments to pay attention!
Philosophically yours, Gary Krenz