How Important is it to stop using Plastic Straws?

The last time you ordered a drink at a restaurant, did it come with a plastic straw? According to the Trash Free Seas Alliance, the average American uses 1.6 straws a day. In the US alone, that’s enough to circle the equator two and a half times.

Single-use plastic items such as plastic straws are convenient, but convenience can come at an environmental cost if they aren’t disposed of properly or recycled. Many marine animals mistake these and other plastic items for food. Plastic has been found in an estimated 90% of all seabirds and in all sea turtle species. Within the next decade there could be a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the ocean.

Recycling and proper waste disposal help reduce the plastic trash that ends up in our landfills and seas, but there is another action you can take. By refusing a straw, you can help prevent plastic pollution. You can also ask your local restaurants to provide straws only upon request, or to change to paper or other non-plastic options.

Imagine the impact if we all gave up the habit of single-use plastics. So say no to the plastic straw, and help change the future for our oceans.

Plastic Straws are the 7th most collected waste item from beaches

Plastic strewn beaches are unsightly and can turn the stomach. This mess often ruins the beauty of our beach visits or time on the water.

Worse is what happens out of most people’s sight. Plastics straws are often washed together with other plastics as a result of their light weight. As they are collected together they can easily accumulate into huge ocean garbage patches.

Bringing them together are Ocean gyres. A large vortex or circular movement of the ocean which is a natural phenomenon as a result of ocean currents and the earth’s movements. These big natural whirlpools suck plastic into sometimes massive collections of our trash. Plastics collected together break down even more slowly as a result of not being isolated and more exposed to more of the ocean’s elements. It’s almost as if they protect each other making matters worse.