Straw Pollution Is a Huge Problem. Here’s a Solution
Americans use 500 million straws each day, according to the National Park Service. That’s enough to fill up 125 school buses or to wrap around the diameter of the globe over 7 times—every day! Unfortunately, most of those straws end up as trash, contaminating our oceans and landfills for the next 200 years to come. In fact, it is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. We need to do our part and help reduce the amount of waste produced to keep our Earth clean. That is why we at MagicQuote are always looking for ways to get involved.
Consider for a moment the purpose of a straw. It makes drinks slightly more convenient, but on the whole, the straw is entirely unnecessary. Ditch the straw in your beverages, a little change can always go a long way.
Plastic straw pollution is incredibly harmful to birds, turtles, and other marine life. The microplastic residue is also found in alarming quantities in the fish we eat. And there are beaches across the globe piled with plastic trash. According to the Strawless Ocean campaign, straws are one of the 10 most common items found polluting beaches globally. The immensity of the plastic pollution in our oceans is also contributing to ocean acidification, which is steadily killing off marine life as we know it. That is a lot of devastation for such a seemingly innocuous drink accessory.
Why do they end up in landfills and oceans? Why don’t straws get recycled? Unfortunately, straws are so small and light they often get neglected and tossed into the waste bin, especially if the cup they are in is not recyclable.
Here’s the solution!
Challenge yourself to go straw-free with your drinks, and challenge your friends & family to do the same.
Orginal Source: Care2