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Tell Me Tuesday: Plastic spoon society

Last Sunday marked the end of the 2010 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, which saw over 1,500 sites across Canada cleared of litter by tens of thousands of amazing volunteers.  It’s a great event and terrific fun, but can also be a bit disheartening when you think that, despite all of our efforts and 17 previous years of cleanups, people still throw garbage onto our shorelines and into our waters.  Some of the most commonly found objects are plastic bags, along with more cigarette butts than we can count. It’s surprising when you think how easy it is to choose a reusable bag instead.

(c) Ken Mak/WWF-Canada

Plastic spoons popped into my head a few times yesterday.  I’m currently in Ottawa for some meetings with the fabulous Arctic team, which are being held at Gatineau Park (beautiful!).  We’ve had a couple of lunches here now, and Ximena, our Ottawa office coordinator, thoughtfully brought proper dishes and cutlery with her, saving us from using disposable cutlery.  I was reminded of that last night when I saw this cartoon on Facebook:

A good point, right?

With so little effort, we can really reduce the amount of waste we produce and make a real difference.  So, I’d love to know: what are you doing to cut back on the waste you and your family produce?


  • Diane Robitaille says:

    If the school doesn’t allow metal utensils, maybe they would allow bamboo–I see a lot of people these days carrying their bamboo utensils around with them. Myself, I bring my own cups, plates, and cutlery not only to the workplace cafeteria, but also to meetings and coffee breaks and if I bring in a cake for someone’s birthday, I always supply reusable plates and forks. I see other people doing the same. It’s a great image/poster above. I walked through the “dollar” store aisle at my local grocery store recently and was appalled by the vast quantity of plastic, particularly one-use items, but even storage containers and baskets and bins made from plastic. We clearly don’t count the real cost when we sell this stuff for a dollar or two.

  • Kathleen says:

    I confess that we are users of plastic cutlery – but, only for my tween’s lunches and only because it’s not permitted to bring metal/stainless steel forks/knives etc. to school for safety reasons. What I do, though, is wash and reuse the plastic cutlery until they break. But, other than that, litterless lunches are the way we go in order to reduce waste! Also, we recycle as much as we can and what’s interesting is that every week we always have more in our recycle bin than in our garbage bin.

  • Claudine Laforce says:

    We attend a group supper at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday nights. You are given a plate and cutlery at the front then buy your supper from the vendors. When you are finished, you put your leftovers in the compost bin and your plate and cutlery in wash baskets!

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