It's Time To Cut The Cutlery And Stop Killing Our Oceans
Plastic cutlery is killing our ocean life and we need to stop immediately.
Now that we've got straws out the way it's time to become more conscious and put our energy into banning single-use plastic utensils.
We get it, they're convenient for when you've got guests over and can't be bothered to do all those utensils. It's not just us, but also what we usually end up getting when we get takeouts/have food delivered. All of these avoidable decisions are hurting marine life, and we need to do something about it.
The Ocean Conservatory is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., United States. The organization helps formulate ocean policy at the federal and state government levels based on peer-reviewed science. Ocean Conservancy is one of the few organizations that help protect wildlife in the ocean.
Every year, they do a coastal clean-up. People from 122 countries volunteer in the world's largest one-day cleanup of the Oceans. The items that topped the list were cigarette butts, toffee wrappers, and plastic cutlery.
Plastic cutlery is among the most deadly items to marine wildlife according to Ocean Conservancy’s 2015 Threat Rank Report. In fact, plastic utensils are likely the most frequently ingested items by animals like sea turtles and seabirds, ahead of the more well-known menaces of plastic bags and straws.
This non-profit keeps a tracked database of the trash that is collected from the ocean since 2013. However, this year was the first time that plastic utensils re-emerged as one of the most commonly collected items.
The solution to this might take a little re-adjustment but it could save the ocean, I hope we see how important it is that we do it. To prepare is important, a tiny act of taking your reusable cutlery when you go out would be paramount to the safety of our most valuable resource. We've skipped the straw and take our reusable bags out with pride, now, lets cut the cutlery?