Trends come and go, but plastic straws realllllly need to hit the road.
I never noticed platic straws or even gave them a second thought, yet after my city's plastic bag ban I looked into what I could do to reduce my everyday waist. After some reseach I couldn't unsee all the straws we use ( or don't use ) in everyday life. This followed with me seeing them in places they shouldnt be such as, beaches, roads, and parks.
I officially became that annoying friend that has to tell everyone why straws are horrible. I'm not only continuing to be that annoying friend, I'm going to take it a step further and sharing what I know here.
In the United States alone, every day we use — and toss out — more than 500 million straws. Many of us take one to drink with out of habit, or will automatically receive one when dining out. However, in many cases, with the exception of medical circumstances, straws are not required to sip your favorite drink.
Plastics do not naturally degrade, so they inevitably end up in storm drains, oceans or landfills. While straws only make up a small percentage of the plastics used throughout the world, environmental advocates say that stopping their usage can be a significant step in the right direction.
These straws also harm wildlife, once they make it into the ocean animals confuse them for food. Without going into too much detail...this kills our wildlife.
The switch is easy, you don't have to use a straw and if you just cant let go there are plenty of great reusable alternatives. Just give it a try, the next time you’re out a restaurant, try requesting no plastic straw. You have to do this right away, before you even order a beverage and even with water.
While saying no to plastic straws once or twice may not seem like much but know that one action taken collectively can have a real measurable impact.