Americans use 500 million straws a day. What?
When I was working in Thailand, we did beach and town cleanups. The top thing we saw were straws. They were everywhere. And when you drink from one just remember that there is some poor fellow out there having to pick it back up to throw it away. Gross.
Reducing your use of it is another way to stop using plastic. But here is the thing about straws…
Drinks taste the same with or without!
Most cannot be recycled, 99% of people only use it once, and straws contain BPA-toxic chemical for us humans and their production uses fossil fuels.
If you need a straw there are alternatives. Below are some links for reusable or recyclable straws. There are hard plastic straws that are reusable, and paper ones that are recyclable.
Or on the ‘Zon…
Other Reasons to Stop Using Them
Okay so straws are fun but besides blowing bubbles, they are not necessary. The Ocean Conservancy has beach clean ups all over the world and then combines all the numbers together. In 2016, 409,087 straws were picked up on beach cleanups.
If you are an animal lover, that is another great reason to stop using them. Turtles have been found with straws stuck in their nostrils.
I have seen firsthand what can happen. In Thailand and Costa Rica I worked with sea turtles and they are amazing creatures. Watching them getting poached at sea and not being able to do anything is the worst feeling. They do not need us to also indirectly poach them with trashing their environment.
Some countries are ahead by banning straws. Costa Rica recently banned the use of plastic straws and plastic ware. France is another example. Merci.
In the US, Seattle had a campaign called Strawless September and got restaurants on board. Although other places like California and Austin, Texas have taken strides to ban bags, straws are still an issue. So the next action starts with you raising awareness so that others can follow suit.
Two siblings have created a site that allows businesses, people, and families to pledge for less straws. For more info check out their campaign One Less Straw.
When ordering drinks get in the habit of asking for no straws. I struggle with this on a daily basis and fail often, so let’s make a pact. I will work on remembering asking for no straw if you do. Comment below and tell me about your progress!
Check out my other blog of how to reduce plastic!
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