Small Things, Big Impact: Bring Your Own Utensils To Lessen Plastic Pollution

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The development of plastic earlier this century, it has become a popular material used in a wide variety of ways. In line with this, plastic does not decompose, and requires high energy ultraviolet light to break down as a result the amount of plastic waste in our oceans is steadily increasing which generates major effects in the world.

The effects of plastic pollution are the following:
• According to Supriya (2015), the bodies of almost all marine species, ranging in size from plankton to marine mammals, and including some of the wildest and most vulnerable species on the planet, animals that make nearly their entire living far from human beings is now containing plastic.
• A large number of marine creatures become trapped and killed in “ghost nets”. These are pieces of gill nets which have been lost by fishing vessels.
• Lastly, plastic ingestion may also indirectly lead to death of an animal through nutrient dilution wherein plastic pieces displacing food in the gut (and reducing the surface available for absorption).

As to address this issue, filipinos should bring their own reusable containers and utensils instead of using plastic utensils that get thrown away after being used once. Thus, everytime they eat out or go to restaurants or fast-food chains, they must bring their own utensils in order to promote environmental protection.

This is one of the most important issues we face and we want to do our part to help find solutions which will be a big decrease in trash volume, and will prevent its distressing effect on wildlife on land and in the sea for the future generations.