The Filipino Senior Citizens Association (FSCA) of Edmonton, Alberta agreed to the use of Environmentally Friendly Eating Utensils at their meeting last month. It was agreed during their discussion that reusable eating utensils and cutlery will be provided to each member and every time they come to FSCA social they will bring and use the same. This is a great move for a small organization like the FCSA to be followed by other organizations to eventually contribute to the reduction of plastic waste.
Plastic waste is now considered a global epidemic as cited by the United Nation. A simple contribution from every one of us will mean a lot to this global war on plastic pollution.
The Marine Conservancy (as sited in www.plastic-pollution.org) has published that the estimated decomposition rates of most plastic debris found on coastal waters are:
• Foamed plastic cups: 50 years
• Plastic beverage holder: 400 years
• Disposable diapers: 450 year
• Plastic bottle: 450
• Fishing line: 600 years.
Meaning that when disposed of, the plastic spoons and forks you use for your delicious “kare-kare” and “sisig” during your social event eventually wind up in a landfill and will need 500 years to decompose. The same goes for your styrofoam cups as well. They will remain there for more than 6 generations after we are gone.
For a better understanding of the status of plastic waste in Canada, below is an infographic lifted from https://wrwcanada.com/en. And, through this, everyone is encouraged to act now, or else – it will be too late for the next generations.