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When was the last time you used a plastic straw? There’s a good chance it was recently. Whether you grabbed a frappe on the way to work or took one from your kitchen drawer- plastic straws are everywhere. This needs to stop, and here’s why.
They’re Polluting The Environment
One of the biggest concerns about plastic straws is how we dispose of them. Sadly, most straws end up in the ocean because they’re not recyclable. Did you know it takes as long as 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose? They’re pretty much a permanent fixture.
They’re A Waste of Plastic
You’d be shocked to hear how many plastic straws we get through. In the States alone we use a whopping 500 million a day? That’s a crazy amount of plastic!
They’re Killing Fish
As implied in our first point, plastic straws kill all manner of sea creatures. They account for almost 3.15% of garbage found in the ocean. Fish accidentally swallow these toxic straws because of their small size, which results in either their suffocation or injury. The same is true of seabirds. As many as one million die every year as a result of eating plastic.