Shampoo bottle

One of the many shampoo bottles picked up on the beaches in Galveston by Elizabeth “Bets” Anderson, who argues they show evidence of turtle bites.

So good to see some “good news” in the business column (“Marriott banning little shampoo bottles by 2020,” AP/The Daily News, Aug. 29). I’m a regular volunteer with the turtle patrol April through July on Galveston Island, and have been appalled by the number of plastic items that have washed up on our Gulf shore. Many of these are small shampoo-type bottles that have turtle “bites” out of them. I’ve seen a picture of a turtle that has starved to death because its esophagus is blocked with plastic.

Hurrah for Marriott and others (Holiday Inn and Disney to name a couple) who are switching from giving the little bottles to their customers and instead installing larger dispenser bottles attached to the wall.

This corporate responsibility can lead the way to helping to clean up our landfills and oceans. It’s a small step, but one that reflects a growing awareness of our daily impact on the environment. Worth repeating is a quote from the article by Dee-Ann Durbin: “Plastic pollution is an urgent global crisis and the time is now to think ‘reusable’ instead of ‘disposable,’” said Dianna Cohen, co-founder and CEO of the Berkeley, California-based Plastic Pollution Coalition.

If you would like to do your part to help our environment, please join me at an evening benefit celebrating local sea turtle conservation and community art — The Art of Saving Sea Turtles. This fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at The Bryan Museum in Galveston. There will be a silent auction, beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to do your part in promoting sea turtles. Individual tickets are $100 and can be purchased by visiting

See you there.

Elizabeth “Bets” Anderson lives in Galveston.


(4) comments

Bailey Jones


Mary Gillespie

Plastic bottles don't cause ocean pollution.

Inconsiderate people who don't properly dispose of their trash are the cause.

Should I be deprived of convenience and forced to tote a reusable water bottle all day because someone else is too stupid to use the trash can?

Ron Paget

To get an idea how harmful plastics in our ecosystem read:

How much are microplastics harmful to the health of amphibians_ A study with pristine polyethylene microplastics and Physalaemus cuvieri - ScienceDirect

Polyethylene microplastics induce erythrocyte (red blood cell) mutagenicity (genetic alterations).

Wayne Holt

Corporations can see the writing on the wall, particularly vis a vis younger consumers but overall demographic trends also reflect this. More and more, people take into consideration how products are made, consumed and disposed of.

Everyone can choose how to respond but a voluntary shift on my part away from convenience and toward conservation of the natural world is a bargain that I am making for future generations and one I am quite pleased to do. No one is forcing me, I just refuse to support waste and the unnecessary destruction of nature. As more people do this, it will become the default.

The Downtown Partnership's Trey Click has a fantastic way of looking at litter and trash clean-up and what we can do as individuals. We can complain about how lazy and slovenly some folks are...but that doesn't get the trash picked up. Or, we can just decide we're going to help in our small corner of the world and make a positive difference. I really like that!

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