Reusable straws have become a trend. Though it may seem silly, billions of single-use plastic straws are being used each day, with around 390 million plastic straws being used each day in 2017 in the US alone. The plastic straw has become a symbol for the amount of quick-use plastic we rely on everyday, from shopping bags, to packaging and plastic take-out utensils. You use them once, it’s convenient, but then it takes up to 200 years for each plastic straw to decompose. Plastic straws are the 11th most found ocean trash as of 2017. Each year, 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic. So, though it may seem like a small action, refusing to use a plastic straw can have a large impact in the big scheme of things.
That said, individual consumption habits aren’t to blame for plastic pollution as much as corporations are. Plastic straws are just one part of a regime of plastic, with plastic packaging accompanying nearly everything from produce to shipping packages, medications, and personal hygiene products. We need to demand that less plastic be used to ensure that we are not senselessly degrading our environment. Part of this process may be adopting and spreading zero-waste habits to start a “revolution” of less waste, less pollution, and more caring for our environment. #zerowaste #strawban #sustainableliving #ecoliving #sustainability #nostraws #pollution #reusable #reusablestraws - 1 hour ago