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 #CUTOUTCUTLERY

  • Refuse
    Say no to plastic straws & cutlery! #CutOutCutlery
  • Replace
    Use plastic straw alternatives, such as paper, metal, glass, bamboo and even pasta straws. More alternatives here 
  • 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
  • Reach Out
    Contact your local government officials to discuss a plastic straw & cutlery ban in your own town OR Contact your food delivery company to offer functionality to refuse cutlery with your order.
  • Download Letter for Uber Eats
  • Download Letter for Grubhub
  • Download Letter for Postmates


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