We do need fossil fuels to make all kinds of products but we could help with a little bit of smarts in that area as well. Plastics are here to stay but things like clothing could be made of cotton or hemp instead of polyester fibers.(I know what you all are thinking)
Why do milk jugs need to be plastic? Why not cartons like a quart or half gallon?
Bring your own cloth bags to the grocery store. Do people really understand how many of those things are in landfills? Don't even get me started on diapers now.
That's just a few of the things we can do.
You are so right! Like I and many here have said in some post, so many of us have forgotten what a difference we can make. We refuse to think outside the box at all, and just accept that which is the accepted norm. Some are not innovative enough, some just do not care, while many refuse to look up and see the real big picture. If we demand, as a people, we can stop these things from happening, by being willing to change ourselves, and our values.