From environmental villain to pandemic hero — plastic is back, for now

During the height of the Flint water crisis, CNN introduced us to Gina Luster, her 7-year-old daughter, and 13-year-old niece. The network’s in-depth profile described the family’s physical devastation from the city’s lead-contaminated water and their daily lifeline: bottled water.

By CNN’s count, this family of three depended on 151 bottles of water a day to meet their most basic needs — drinking, cooking, bathing and hygiene — 16.9 ounces at a time.

Multiply by 1,600 days and 30,000 homes, and roughly seven billion bottles of water helped 100,000 affected residents make it through the bulk of the crisis.

Read more in The Detroit News.