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How bad are plastic utensils?

How many times have you eaten out at a restaurant and been handed 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 use the plastic forks and knives from your office’s drawers? Plastic forks, knives and spoons may be convenient, but they’re wreaking havoc on our oceans. In fact, six million tons of non-durable plastics are discarded every year. “Non-durable” means that the plastic has a useful life of less than three years. Other examples of non-durable plastics include plastic packaging, trash bags, cups, and more.   These plastic are putting around 700 marine species in danger of extinction due to the threat...

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Plastic Straw Facts

1. Plastic Straws can’t be easily Recycled Straws are most commonly made from type 5 plastic, or polypropylene.   Although type 5 plastic can be recycled, it isn’t accepted by most curbside recycling programs. When plastic straws aren’t recycled, they end up in landfills, or even worse, polluting our oceans. Make sure you check your local municipality website to see if plastic straws can be recycled in your area. 2. Plastics do not Biodegrade, and never fully Degrade In order to understand the environmental impact of straws, it is important to know the difference between biodegrading and degrading: Biodegrading is when an item can be naturally broken down and digested by micro-organisms, and then naturally recycled into new organic molecules and life. On the...

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