Plastic Straws & Cutlery

Plastic Straws & Cutlery Facts

  • Each year 100,000 marine animals and over 1 million seabirds die from ingesting plastic.
  • By 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
  • Everyday the U.S. discards 500,000,000 plastic straws that end up in landfills and oceans forever.
  • The average person in the U.S. will use 38,000 or more straws between the ages of 5 and 65. The average person uses 1.6 straws a day.
  • Each year 40,000,000,000 plastic forks, spoons, and knives are used and thrown away each year. That is a lot of zeros!

Be a Plastic Straw & Cutlery HoW Changer

  • Refuse Say no to plastic straws & cutlery! #CutOutCutlery
  • Replace Use plastic straw alternatives, such as paper, metal, glass, bamboo and even pasta straws.
  • Request Ask restaurants and stores to serve straws only upon request, consider plastic straw alternatives, or stop using straws. Ask them to provide plastic cutlery for to-go orders by request only.
  • Rally Attend local rallies and efforts for restricting and banning single use plastics, your voice matters.
People in the United States alone use 40 BILLION pieces of single-use plastic cutlery each year. Tell Chipolte, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King to only provide single-use food accessories when requested to protect our planet from dangerous plastic waste. Watch our BuzzFeed feature on the topic here.

“Sheila Morovati played an integral role in moving the City of Malibu closer to a single-use plastic straw, stirrer and cutlery ban.”

Sheila’s leadership in organizing the “STRAWS” documentary film screening and panel discussion in partnership with the City of Malibu catalyzed the City Council and the community to charge forward on this issue. Sheila has an innate ability to inspire people to make a change for the better, whether it’s one straw or one crayon at a time. These collective actions add up, and we will see the full effect of these individual actions when an entire city chooses to protect our beloved coastline from plastic pollution.

— Casey Zweig,
Environmental Programs Coordinator I City of Malibu


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