Do you know that 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the USA! That is enough straws to circle the earth 2,5 times.
We only use a straw for about 5 minutes or however long it takes to finish our drink, which is a very unnecessary habit. Afterwards, they are most likely just thrown out. You would think that they can be recycled but the truth is they most likely are not. Since plastic straws are so small they are able to escape the recycling process and end up in the landfill or the ocean. You would have to wait over 200 years for one straw to decompose and that is a long time my friend. Odds are the very first straw you ever used is still around today.
Not only are these plastic things very bad for the environment, there is also lots of evidence of how dangerous they can be to our animals. Our short lived pleasure can take someone’s life. Consider this before you use a Plastic straw again:
Sea turtles can try to eat the straws which can be deadly and cause serious injuries. Sadly they can end up stuck in their intestines or noses.
Birds often mistake the straws for food and try to eat them. This can be deadly as they might choke or cause serious internal damage.
In the ocean, straws break down to smaller parts called microplastics. These are often eaten by fish which hurt their health. This might even find its way back to your plate when you eat sea food.
What to do about this?
- Simply say No thank you next time you get offered a straw
- Bring your own reusable straw, like our Bamboo Straws.
- Inform your friends and family so they also become aware of this problem. Consider sharing your reusable straws with them or give them out as gifts.
If we all make changes, no matter how small, we will have a better and brighter future on this place called Earth our Home.