Plastic straws are everywhere. They’re so ubiquitous that you don’t even think about them anymore. And yet, precisely because they’re everywhere is the reason why they’re causing so much damage to our oceans and landfills.
I read that in the US, over 500 million straws are used and discarded daily. Most plastic straws are not recycled and end up in oceans. Long after you’re dead and gone, there are still plastic straws that you’ve used existing in this planet. OK, but maybe, maybe you don’t care about plastic straws outliving you. However, they’re very dangerous to wildlife because they’re often mistaken for food. There are lots of cases of sea creatures suffocating or dying from plastic straws.
Isn’t it crazy? A plastic straw looks incredibly innocuous, but it causes so much harm. Heck, it can cause death. Also, if sea creatures end up ingesting plastics, and we end up eating seafood, guess who ends up eating all this plastic? It ends up back in our system. Not healthy. Pretty toxic. Not good.
So what can we do? The simplest thing to do is to say “No straws, please,” when you go to shops. For those who still like straws, you can get bamboo straws or stainless steel ones that you can reuse. I belong to a few zero waste Facebook groups which are awesome, and members of these groups often mention that sometimes shop assistants don’t understand why they don’t straws, but it’s a great way to open up a conversation.
To a world with a little less plastic!