PLASTIC- FREE JULY: DAY 3

Whenever I do a beach clean up, I find cutlery. ⁣
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𝐓𝐇𝐄 ππ‘πŽππ‹π„πŒβ£
In 2018, the Ocean Conservancy held an International Cleanup, with 1,080,358 volunteers in more than 120 countries, collecting 23.3 million pounds of trash. Plastic cutlery made the top five worst offenders, with nearly 2 million pieces found.⁣
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You may or may not know that they have also found plastic forks in turtles’ noses. Yup.⁣
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𝐓𝐇𝐄 ππ‹π€πŒπ„ π†π€πŒπ„β£
We can blame the producers and the businesses that stock these items. OR we can blame people for using and discarding them after 5 minutes. Some governments have banned these items, but why is it that I still see them everywhere, from the sidewalk to the pebbly beach?⁣
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If we all know about the problem, why do we have such short memories when it comes to standing in line for that McDonalds/ KFC burger or that ice cream?⁣
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But let’s try to move away from blame and guilt and suggest alternative options.⁣
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π’πŽπ‹π”π“πˆπŽππ’β£
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𝘞𝘩𝘺 π˜₯𝘰 𝘸𝘦 𝘡𝘒𝘬𝘦 𝘡𝘩𝘒𝘡 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘯? π˜‰π˜¦π˜€π˜’π˜Άπ˜΄π˜¦ 𝘸𝘦 π˜₯π˜°π˜―β€™π˜΅ 𝘩𝘒𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦.⁣
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ππ‘π„ππ€π‘π€π“πˆπŽπ & ππ‹π€πππˆππ†β£
You already own cutlery. You don’t have to buy a fancy bamboo kit online. Use what you have.⁣
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Carry a set with you to work, in your bag/ handbag/ briefcase/ backpack.⁣
Use. Wash. Dry. Pack. And repeat.⁣
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When you get take-away food/ ice cream, tell the server at the beginning that you don’t need cutlery. It helps to π’π‡πŽπ—ͺ your cutlery, so that they remember (their packing actions are automated, so it’s π•π„π‘π˜ hard to break this habit. The whole industry needs re-training.)⁣
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You might find that the server will give you cutlery, even if you asked for none. Again, automated habits. They probably heard you, but it’s so ingrained. π˜‹π˜°π˜―β€™π˜΅ 𝘨π˜ͺ𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘱. ⁣
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You can expect success at your favorite place. When you repeatedly make the same request, you will be associated with being an exception to the rule. β£π˜‹π˜–π˜•β€™π˜› π˜šπ˜›π˜–π˜— π˜ˆπ˜šπ˜’π˜π˜•π˜Ž!⁣
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πŽπ“π‡π„π‘ πŽππ“πˆπŽππ’β£
– Dine in the restaurant instead (if they offer real cutlery)⁣
– Support businesses that use real cutlery.
– Look after your waistline and skip take-away.