Turning the Tide on Plastic

Portland, Maine’s waterfront is so vibrant and unique it would be impossible not to fall in love with it. Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room has been fortunate enough to claim home on Custom House Wharf since 1898. So much has changed in the world and subsequently Portland in the last 120 years.

Walking down to Boone’s awards a breath of ocean air and the chance to bask in the ocean’s indescribable magnetism. Maybe it is our long-forgotten instincts that draw us to the ocean with its bounty of resources or maybe it’s the calm that comes over us just by standing near it. Whatever it is, we at Boone’s get to soak it in daily. For this we are so fortunate, and we love to share it with everyone who comes to this historic wharf. Our proximity and love for the ocean leave us unable to turn a blind eye to things that are disrupting its delicate ecosystem.

Portland Monthly recently published the article Silent Shore by Sarah Moore. Moore acknowledges Rachel Carson’s contributions back in the 1960s to public knowledge on the destructive effect of synthetic pesticides and she notes how Carson’s work paved the way for environmentalists to stand up for the health of the ocean. Today, Dr. Susan Shaw has conducted studies which have raised awareness of how our actions effect the ocean. Currently, Dr. Shaw is outspoken about reforming the world’s use and disposal of plastics.

Detrimental effects of plastics and microplastics are not reserved only for marine organisms. Their effects are seen throughout life, including humans. In addition to the obvious turtle with a straw stuck in its nostril and the dolphin with plastic wrapped around its jaw; microplastics are formed as these items break down. Scientists are increasingly citing microplastics as a cause for  declining marine organism health. Most recently right here in Maine microplastics have been discussed as possibly harming the seal population.

In the face of all this we want to do our part! Here at Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room we are starting with our single use straws. Out with the plastic and in with the paper. Not unlike Boone’s itself, paper is a Maine staple and tradition!

It is unlikely that straws from restaurants find their way into the ocean. However, our decision to switch is a reminder to all of us that consumers can make a difference. While Boone’s has always practiced conservation and recycling, we pledge to continue researching ways we can decrease our use of plastic, and we challenge you to do the same. There are a number of local and global organizations with resources to help.

This Saturday, September 15, 2018 is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteer with a local organization such as Friends of Casco Bay to be a part of a holiday we can really get behind. Plus, what better excuse to spend a day at the beach?

Photo Source: mnn.com

Additional Resources:

https://plasticoceans.org/

http://www.cleanseas.org/volvo

https://www.neaq.org/blog/health-oceans-hands/

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/09/08/massive-boom-to-corral-pacifics-plastic-litter/

https://strawfree.org/impacts-of-plastic/