I’ve just come back from a half hour walk and I found yet again some items that would seem harmless to humans but can have deadly consequences for animals or birds. This post is a highly practical one. We’re heading into fairer weather and summertime activities here in the northern hemisphere and with it comes summer trash. My purpose in this post is to show you one of the things I’m talking about, why I’m concerned about it and what we can do about it on an individual basis quite easily.
Western Culture seems to have a love affair with disposable and single use items that are used in one grand moment and then are discarded. They are created for our ease and they do make life a little easier. The item in today’s post relates to our drinking pleasure!
Exhibit A: the plastic 6-pack can holder
(dirt and all, as I found it)
Designed for our convenience in carrying 6 cans of beer, pop, or soda (depending on where you live and your drinking pleasure), this little device is pretty nifty. However, once the cans are removed whoever puts anything back in the holding device? It has served its purpose in life and is now discarded…often onto the ground and even our beaches and waterways!
This device is torturous and sometimes deadly because animals and even birds have become entangled in its circles that once held the cans. While I would love to see the end of this ‘holder’ all together, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. So, we have to do something to protect animals when we are done with it.
Here are a couple examples of the harm I’m talking about:
This heron was not able to be helped and it later drowned according to SeaWeb.
The solution is simple: cut the circles then recycle the plastic if you can.
(all circles have been cut even though a couple don’t look like it)
Even if the plastic is a type that degrades in sunlight, this can still take a long time so it is still important to cut the circles. If you don’t have a knife or scissors handy, a key will still accomplish the task. I did it today myself with the one I found. Taking a moment to do this may save an animal or bird from a torturous death or an extremely difficult life.
In a future post, I’ll cover another dangerous disposable device. Please enter your email to receive these posts automatically and leave a comment below!