Did 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. Pretty crazy and scary, right?!
Five Minutes of Happiness - 200 Years of Trash
A straw is only used for a couple of minutes before they get thrown in the trash. Unfortunately, recycling these little plastic suckers is very difficult and will most likely not happen. Reason being that plastic straws are so tiny that they're able to escape the recycling process as they get lost and fall through the cracks. Many are also discarded due to lack of cleanliness or quality. Therefore, straws end up in the landfill or the ocean where they will stay for the next 200 years. Remember the first straw you ever used? It's still out there...
Clearly, plastic straws are very bad for the environment, but they are also harming animals and sea creatures.
Sea turtles may try to eat the straws and have been seen with straws stuck in their intestines or noses.
Birds often mistake straws for food and try to eat them. This can be deadly as they might choke or get serious internal damage.
Straws break down to smaller parts called microplastics which harms fish as they ingest these particles.
What Can We Do About This?
- Simply say No 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.
- Talk to restaurants and cafes in your area if you discover that they use plastic straws.
For more information about the evolution of plastic straws read "A brief history of how plastic straws took over the world" by National Geographic.