Plastic cutlery

While takeout food habits are becoming becoming increasingly common, so is the plastic utensil litter that goes along with it.

According to Mother Jones, a recent survey in the San Francisco Bay Area discovered that 67% of litter on the streets was from food and beverage packaging, which raises a number of alarm bells:

Apart from being an eyesore, disposable cutlery endangers wildlife. A survey by four major environmental groups determined that plastic utensils ranked among the 10 most common trash items found in California—which contributes to a larger problem: The United Nations estimates that the oceans contain more than 8 million tons of plastic. As plastic breaks down, it can be mistaken for food by sea creatures, which can harm them and our seafood dinners.

 

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