Yogurt is quite the popular snack. Packed full of protein, excellent bacterial cultures for good digestive health and even sugary sweetness to boot! It has to be in America’s Top 10 popular snacks, but what if your yogurt cup was killing wildlife?
This post is NOT asking you to give up your tasty treat but rather showing you a solution on how to help the environment in just a couple minutes of extra work. But what would you say if I told you that your yogurt cup could be killing wildlife?
This is the back story. There have been reported cases of skunks dying from yogurt cups. So who cares about some stinky animal dying from a yogurt cup? Well, here’s the big deal. The skunks smell the sugar in the residue of the yogurt cups and decide to grab a taste of the sweet treat. After sticking their head in the cup, they lick a little only to find that their head is stuck completely. Frantic to try to get out, they thrash and scratch to remove the cup. Because there is limited air supply, the animals suffocate with their heads lodged inside of the yogurt cup.
You might not care, but I happen to think it’s sad, and it takes only a few extra steps to prevent this from happening. This could easily happen to birds, turtles, or other animals that could become lodged in the cup and die. So here’s how you can save animals near you.
Step one, eat your yummy treat. Best step ever!
Step 2, rinse your cup. It’s super easy while it’s fresh. Takes just 10 seconds.
Step 3, cut the cup in half. Took maybe 15 to 20 seconds because the plastic is so thin.
And that’s it! Total time is under a minute! That’s WAY faster than waiting for your order at the local fast food places. You’re ready to recycle or discard. I was thinking to myself earlier that these cup halves would be great paint tray. I must investigate this in further down the line as well as other uses! I am certain that the uses could go on, but while I am figuring that one out, happy yogurt cup cutting. Saving wildlife one snip at a time!
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