Here's Why People Are Ditching Their Plastic Drinking Straws

Have you ever noticed how restaurants always give you a straw in your drink, whether or not you asked for one?

These small disposable tubes are a convenience that we have gotten used to over the years, but they have a great impact on the environment. It has been estimated that we use one straw every 4 minutes, and throw them away as soon as we’re done with them.

They’re not biodegradable, meaning that the earth’s micro organisms can’t recycle them naturally and they take 200 years to finally decompose.

Awareness was brought to this issue after marine biologists in Costa Rica filmed the suffering of a turtle as a plastic straw was being removed from it’s nose. Straws not only affect sea life, but also the birds that get their food from the ocean.

It has been estimated that 10 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year, and out of those 10 million, 100 thousand are disposable plastic straws. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s very hard to recycle straws. For you to have an idea, 500 thousand straws are used daily, in the USA alone.

The good news is that there are places in the world, such as Malibu, Seattle, Vancouver and even the United Kingdom that have banned the use of straws. Some businesses, such as Starbucks, have also promised to get rid of all plastic straws.

But it's not only the environment that suffers from use of straws. They can also have a negative impact on our health.

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