Let's make a change: Biodegradable cutlery in the Commons

Let's make a change: Biodegradable cutlery in the Commons

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Ciera Schroeder started this petition to Chippewa Valley Technical College

The largest scale of consumer plastic consumption belongs to single-use plastics, in which the intended purpose of the plastic is to be used only once before being thrown away or recycled. Such items include grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups, and cutlery. Single-use plastics are the largest sector of plastic production, generating 36% of the world’s 400 million tons of plastic produced yearly.

It is estimated that the United States wastes nearly 40 billion individual plastic utensils a year. These plastics are allowed one single use before being thrown out. Even if recycled, plastic cutlery is too small, too contaminated, and made out of entirely the wrong plastic for recycling to begin with. So the journey of a plastic utensil will likely end in a landfill or in our waterways, transferring toxic chemicals into our environment and introducing micro-plastics into our marine life.

The convenience of plastic cutlery has led to an overproduction and consumer overuse. Our planet cannot sustain the levels of plastic waste we are currently generating If we want to see a change globally, we must first start on a local scale. Sign this petition to get biodegradable cutlery in the Commons to stop the cycle of single-useage plastic use here at CVTC.

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