Plastic forks started off as such a good idea. After all, what could be more convenient than a utensil you could use and then throw in the garbage once you’re done eating? While plastic utensils disappear from our view fairly easily, in no way does that mean they vanish entirely. The EPA estimates that only 12 percent of plastic gets recycled, meaning even single-use plastic items that land in the “appropriate bin” hardly end up in an appropriate place. Instead, these items, all 8.8 million tons of ’em, end up in a far worse place: the ocean.
And these plastic utensils don’t just sink to the ocean floor. Instead, marine animals mistake plastic for food, become entangled in it, or simply end up with plastic stuck in all sorts of odd places. The turtle in the video above, for instance, has somehow ended up with a plastic fork stuck in his nose. While in this particular case this turtle was lucky enough to be discovered by The Leather Back sea turtle conservation team who extracted the fork, most of the animals that ingest plastic are not as fortunate.
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