Save Our Oceans: Say NO to Plastic Utensils
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SAVE THE OCEANS: LET'S REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE ONE STEP AT A TIME!
Did you know that every year SIX MILLION TONS of Single-Use Plastics get thrown out?
Sadly, most of the plastic waste, if it's not sent to recycling centers, end up in landfills and in our beautiful oceans.
These plastics end up taking space around 700 marine species in danger of extinction due to the threat of that plastic poses to them from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion. Every year, 300 million tons of plastic materials come into circulation - be it in the form of plastic packaging, utensils, containers, bags, or even clothing. In fact, 85 percent of the world's plastic is not recycled. That means it's to landfills. But that's not where it stays.
Where does it end up? The ocean. A recent study found that as much as 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the oceans comes from land-based sources and nearly 90 percent of that is plastic. This totals out to 8.8 million shades of plastic that make them away to the water every single year. Seems like recycling may not be the answer to the unsustainable recycling conundrum; rather, a major reduction of our consumption must happen ... now.
Plastic forks, knives and spoons may be convenient, but they are wreaking havoc on our oceans.
In fact, six million tons of non-durable plastics are discarded every year. "Unsustainable" means that the plastic has a useful life of fewer than three years. Other examples of non-durable plastics include plastic packaging, trash bags, cups, and more.
That's a whole lot of waste for something that we have to POWER to fix, together!
Here's How You Can Stop This Waste
How many times did you eat a plastic-wrapped packet of plastic utensils? (Say that five times fast!) Or you brought your lunch to work (high five!) But left your handy dandy metal utensils at home, so you're forced to use the plastic forks and knives from your office's drawers?
So what do we do? Refuse plastic utensils, and use your own reusable utensils! Before heading out the door, just throw a fork or spoon in your purse or your lunch bag. Some companies even make pocket utensil sets to carry around! It's that easy. And if anyone questions why you have a fork in your bag, just tell them you're doing it to save the lives of millions of marine animals. Maybe they'll be inspired to do the same!
THE MISSION OF THIS PETITION
Your voice matters. Your choices matters. You matter. And nothing matters more than using your voice and choices to affect the world in a positive way!
Our goal is to raise awareness about plastic utensils and how they create waste, one that can be easily avoided. This is a global problem but change doesn't have to be complicated nor costly; it can actually be very straight-forward, and even cost-effective.
We've created this petition to ask decision-makers to pass legislation that would prevent restaurants from including plastic utensils with their deliveries unless otherwise requested by customers. Many cities have taken bold initiatives banning plastic bags at grocery stores. Let's push this environmental agenda forward one more step, by restricting plastic utensils, or at the very least only make them available for a small additional fee to customers.
We believe restaurant owners will not only be able to make a positive impact on their bottom line but also by reducing waste & pollution, helping to save our precious oceans.
Help us get our message heard, share it with family & friends & work colleagues, and join us to make this great cause a reality, then have it spread across the country and the rest of the world!
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