Myrtle the Turtle readings should be followed by a discussion about plastic waste and how individuals and their families can reduce their plastic footprint. We create plastic waste constantly without thought for where it goes after it leaves our hands. The goal of the post-Myrtle discussion is to encourage kids to be conscious of their own choices and to think of the environment and our wildlife as a priority. The idea of reducing rather than recycling should be emphasized. We want kids to look at a polystyrene cup (commonly known as Styrofoam) and recognize the harm it could do if it were to end up in the ocean. We want kids to make bringing their reusable cup a daily habit. We want kids to lead by example by refusing unnecessary plastic whenever possible.