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Shucking Oysters With an Eye on the Environment

Posted May 15, 2018 5:12 p.m. EDT

A small but noble effort to reduce the discarded plastics that litter the seashore has materialized with the orange handle on a new oyster shucking knife. It’s a collaboration between R. Murphy Knives and Island Creek Oysters, both in Massachusetts. The plastic, which comes from Haiti, is gathered and turned into pellets that can be used for various products. The effort not only helps the environment, but it also provides jobs for families on the island. The knife is a very effective tool. And, when it comes to serious work, a sturdy oyster glove is a better option than wrapping your hand in a towel. Island Creek sells those, too: Recycled Ocean Plastic Shucking Knife, $20; shucking gloves, $20 and $75, islandcreekoysters.com.