Why are most straws such a huge problem? They are made out of plastic and they are unfortunately too small to be used as recyclate (as most companies refuse to recycle such a small piece of plastic). It is important to realize every single plastic straw ever made still exists in some form. On average, Americans use 500 million straws a day (Barnes, Barlaz, Galgani, & Thomson, 2009)! So where do all of these straws end up if they are not recycled? Most of them end up in the ocean where they cause water pollution and kill marine life. Scientific studies on water pollution are warning the public, if we don’t take action and we continue using plastic straws there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050 (Gosden, 2016).
So my questions are: do we really need straws so badly? Is it really cool to be contributing to the plastic pollution just for the sake of sucking from a straw? Let's just think for a moment – if there will not be any clean water sources to drink from in the future, what use will straws have? We need water to live, but we don’t need straws to be able to drink it.
Plastic straws are literally sucking out our life resources. They pollute water and harm marine life which is part of our food chain. As Jana Stanfield sings, “I know that I cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good I can do.” And I know for sure, I don’t need straws – I ain’t no sucker!!!
So don’t be a sucker either! The next time you order a drink tell them to hold the straw. Join the movement for more conscious behavior. Help us save the oceans and make the planet a better place for us in the future!
Barnes, David K. A., Barlaz, Morton, Galgani, Francois, Thompson, Richard C. (2009). Accumulation and fragmentation of plastic debris in global environments. The Royal Society, 364, 1985-1998. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2008.0205
Gosden, Emily. (2016). More plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050, report warns. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/12108522/More-plastic-than-fish-in-the-oceans-by-2050-report-warns.html.