It’s no secret that the hospitality sector is one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution globally, and here at AZRAQ, we think all of those plastic utensils that they give away (you know, the ones that end up among the most common items found during costal clean ups) are pretty useless!
In 2016, Worldcentric.org estimated that 40 billion plastic utensils were used every year in the United States alone. The majority of these were thrown out after just one use and ended up in landfills and waterways… something must be done.
In order to highlight this problem, and hopefully get people to think twice about their usage, AZRAQ has launched #uselessutensils in partnership with Freedom Pizza, Lush Middle East, Carluccio’s and Beitfann Studio (Sustainable City). We’re aiming to collect as many plastic forks, knives and spoons over the next six weeks as possible in the UAE and we need your help!
Once we’re finished collecting, we’ll be handing over those #uselessutensils to artist Mariska Nell and our partner schools, who will each be making showpieces, illustrating the impacts of utensils on our oceans.
All YOU need to do to play your role in this campaign is provide your drawer-full of plastic utensils that you’ve collected and don’t quite know what to do with, or even just a single plastic spoon that you’d like to keep away from landfill, to your friendly Freedom Pizza Delivery driver or drop them off at you nearest Lush store between 5th May and 15th June and join us on our Instagram page using the hashtag #uselessutensils.
Additionally, you can provide this letter to food outlets providing unwanted #uselessutensils to determine if they will reconsider
The theme for the showpieces will be marine debris, focusing on the statement: