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The Last Straw: How to Eliminate Plastic Straw Waste

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It is second nature when handed a drink to grab a plastic straw. From grabbing an iced drink in the morning to going out to eat with friends single-use straws are all around us. Americans use 500 million single-use plastic straws every day, enough to wrap around the Earth’s circumference 2.5 times a day!

 

Why switch to reusable straws?

 

The plastic we throw away every day is polluting our cities, open spaces, oceans, and bodies. Plastic creates toxic pollution at every stage: manufacture, use, and disposal. The solution goes further than avid recycling or refusing to litter because the problem is a society built on disposable, single-use plastic.

  • Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it photodegrades, which means the material breaks into tiny toxic pieces but never breaks down completely.
  • Animals frequently consume plastic thinking it is food: 86% of turtles, 44% of marine birds, and 43% of marine mammals have plastic in their guts, says the Oceans Program at World Wildlife Fund Canada.
  • Recycling is not a sustainable solution to the crisis. Not only do plastic straws have a short lifespan and rarely get reused or recycled, but they usually come with plastic/paper wrap.
  • Plastic straws can be made from questionable plastic with unknown health effects and can poison our food chain and our bodies.

 

One reusable straw can replace thousands of throwaways. With options ranging from our stainless steel version to glass and paper, there are many fun alternatives. So ditch the plastic straw for good this summer and opt to B.Y.O.S (bring your own straw) with you when you leave the house. Interested in taking further action? You can sign the pledge to go strawless with our friends from the Be Straw Free Campaign and learn more ways to get involved!

 

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