Pledge to Quit the Cutlery

You already Skip the Straw, bring your own grocery bags and carry a reusable water bottle wherever you go. If you’re looking for one more easy way to help the ocean, consider this: quit the cutlery.

In 2018, for the first time since Ocean Conservancy first began counting cutlery as a separate data category, plastic forks, knives and spoons were among the top ten most-collected items in the world during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). ICC volunteers removed nearly 2 million from beaches and waterways around the world.

A 2015 study by Ocean Conservancy scientists and partners found that plastic cutlery are among the most dangerous to ocean animals such as seabirds and turtles, especially as they break up into smaller microplastics.

For the sake of our ocean and the animals that call it home…

Stash a spork. Throw a travel set of reusable cutlery into your bag or purse so you’re always ready for an ocean-friendly snack.

When eating out, dine in. Choose places that offer reusable silverware. You’d be surprised how many fast-casual places have reusable utensils—it never hurts to ask!

When on the go, just say no. If ordering food to-go or picking up food, say “no thanks” to plastic forks, knives and spoons.

Get messy. If reusable cutlery isn’t an option, consider ordering finger foods like pizza or sandwiches.

Take Action to Stem the Tide of Ocean Plastics

Each year an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean threatening marine life and coastal ecosystems. The United States makes a significant contribution to this problem and we need the Federal government to act now to protect our ocean.

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act provides a sweeping set of policy measures which would aggressively reduce plastic waste and prevent it from entering the ocean from the start.

Will you join us in telling your members of Congress to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act?

We need ocean advocates like YOU to help us put an end to the growing threat of plastic pollution in our ocean.

While our individual actions to reduce waste are important, we need more sweeping change to solve this issue. This bill would hold corporations responsible for the waste industries produce. It would require plastic makers and sellers to be accountable for the waste they create.

Not all trash is created equal. This bill would also reduce plastic waste by phasing out unnecessary single-use plastic products that are the most damaging to the environment when there are viable reusable alternatives available. Many of the items that the legislation would ban—including plastic carryout bags, foam food containers and drinkware, and plastic utensils—are among the top items found during Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup. These products are the most likely to end up in the ocean where they can threaten animals’ lives, harm ecosystems and impact coastal economies.

Contact your representatives in Congress and ask for their support! Together we can take a critical step forward in the fight against ocean plastics.