Few items beat the plastic straw in terms of pollution.
With plastic straws, you only use them once and they go immediately in the trash.
Some estimates say that over 500 million straws are used in the US every single day. That’s just the US. I can’t even imagine the numbers if the whole world was included.
I never even recognized this problem until I worked for a glass straw company.
Then, I realized how often plastic straws are used in the day to day world. At every fast food place, many restaurants, schools, sports stadiums… Everywhere.
Rarely are the straws available biodegradable. Instead, the plastic straws just break down over time into smaller plastic that generally ends up in our oceans and waterways.
Along with the plastic pollution from straws, it also requires oil and gas to create these straws in the first place.
Hot straws can cause the plastic to leak certain chemicals into your body as well. This isn’t always the case, but it’s something to keep in mind if you choose to drink something like coffee or tea through a straw every day.
Here are some more reasons that plastic straws shouldn’t be in your life.
What to Do Instead
There are so many alternatives to the cheap, common plastic straw.
There are some biodegradable straws on the market. Although those still require a whole process to create, they’re still a better alternative.
There are so glass, bamboo, and stainless steel straws.
As I mentioned earlier, I worked for a glass straw company and still use my glass straws every single day. I know it seems strange to spend $10+ on a reusable straw, since we have been conditioned to believe they’re cheap/free everywhere we go, but one straw can last years. Most companies also have a return policy if you break them.
It’s a small price to pay for the benefit of making my small, small, small dent of helping the planet.
So, for August try to avoid using a plastic straw all together or better yet, invest in a reusable one.
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