Saving (Y)our World Instalment No 1 – Cutting down on cutlery
Lots of things we do in life effects nature in ways far worse than you could imagine. But you can become part of the solution rather than the problem. YOU can contribute to saving lives and every little bit helps. At many shops, plastic cutlery comes free with your meal. However, the plastic fork that you use once will stay in the environment for up to one thousand years! But you can do something. The way is as simple as just three little letters--BYO.
All you have to do is get some cutlery from home. Make sure you have a fork, spoon, chopsticks and/or knife—whatever you like to use. Wrap them in a clean piece of material, such as a cloth napkin or a handkerchief (to replace disposable paper napkins). Then, when you order food you say that you have your own cutlery. Just being able to Bring Your Own (BYO) is enough to make a difference. It’s as simple as that! That’s all you have to do. Sustainability is easy, costs almost nothing and can be a great use of old cutlery.
Bringing your own can help you, too. If you BYO, you will be healthier, as people touching your utensils can be a health issue. This is especially important when diseases (such as the coronavirus) are spreading. It is also a simple fact that plastic takes a long time to break down and releases toxins.
Are you going to switch? If you are, then you can rest easy, knowing you’re not killing animals or harming yourself. If you’ve already switched, well done. If you’re not switching, it’s time to consider the effect your actions have on the environment and on you. Sustainability could save your life!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr Suess
Morrigan R. signing out. I hope you join me next week for another instalment of Saving (Y)our World.