A big step in the right direction is to stop using plastic straws. We don’t need a straw to drink. A simple, “no straw please!” while out to eat will make mother earth smile.Using a straw is CrAzY
If you love drinking from a straw, bring your own. Make it your Final Straw.
It might not seem like your tiny little straw will have an impact on the planet… but it does. According to Sailors for the Sea, It is estimated that Americans use a whopping 500 million straws per day – a number that, end-to-end, could circle the planet 2.5 times. Now imagine this number compounded on a global scale.
While it seems simple, straws create a pressing threat to our oceans because they are made to be disposable, and on average are used for just 10 minutes. Plastic straws are rarely recyclable, requiring special facilities, and they almost always end up in a landfill, or worse the ocean. Over their lifespan the straw breaks down into smaller and smaller, even microscopic pieces. Pieces so small that single-celled organisms and other marine life eat them – the plastic remains forever – and then starts back up the food chain. Shocking photos of straws in sea turtles noses and the stomachs of seabirds can easily be found online.
The future doesn’t suck 🙂 below is a letter to the mayor from one of my former second grade students…
“I think we should stop using straws because straws hurt our turtles and fish by getting stuck in the fins and they can die. Straws don’t dissolve in water. We should use metal straws. Let’s save the environment. There’s a garbage patch in the water that is 2 times of Texas. Oh no!”
Good news regarding the use of plastic straws…
- Disney is eliminating straws in their parks (It’s a whole new world…)
- Paris bans the use of plastic straws (Oui! Oui!)
- California City Jail might give you jail time (dramatic but it gets the point across)
- Campaign against plastic straws (WSJ)
- Edible Straws (Weird, but sure why not!)
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
-George Bernard Shaw