Straws, straws, straws

THEY’RE sold in boxes, come with our favourite fast food and kids go crazy over them.

Straws are basically pointless, a wasteful plastic tube we stick into our drinks.

They are possibly the most avoidable waste we humans produce. Yet US estimates alone are in the millions per day for these plastic tubes, and for what? A little accessory in our drinks maybe, or because some kids refuse to drink anything without them.

Plastic pollution is a huge problem feeding other environmental issues we are faced with today. Every single piece of plastic that we have ever used is still in our environment. Although some plastic can be recycled, none of it ever disappears.

This plastic enters our oceans and waterways, where marine animals can mistake it for food, causing internal damage, starvation and death, and when plastic is eaten by fish that are caught and eaten, it can end up on our dinner plates.

Non-recyclable plastic that is disposed of responsibly is only marginally better. It just ends up in a landfill, still never going away. The only answer to the problem caused by plastic waste is to stop creating the waste in the first place. The first step to doing this is by getting rid of single-use items in our lives. Like straws.

So next time you feel the urge to stick one of these wasteful straws into your drink, think of where it’s going to end up and opt to drink without one instead.

http://thelastplasticstraw.org/about-us/
http://osof.org/portfolio/plastic-free-nz/

THEY’RE sold in boxes, come with our favourite fast food and kids go crazy over them.

Straws are basically pointless, a wasteful plastic tube we stick into our drinks.

They are possibly the most avoidable waste we humans produce. Yet US estimates alone are in the millions per day for these plastic tubes, and for what? A little accessory in our drinks maybe, or because some kids refuse to drink anything without them.

Plastic pollution is a huge problem feeding other environmental issues we are faced with today. Every single piece of plastic that we have ever used is still in our environment. Although some plastic can be recycled, none of it ever disappears.

This plastic enters our oceans and waterways, where marine animals can mistake it for food, causing internal damage, starvation and death, and when plastic is eaten by fish that are caught and eaten, it can end up on our dinner plates.

Non-recyclable plastic that is disposed of responsibly is only marginally better. It just ends up in a landfill, still never going away. The only answer to the problem caused by plastic waste is to stop creating the waste in the first place. The first step to doing this is by getting rid of single-use items in our lives. Like straws.

So next time you feel the urge to stick one of these wasteful straws into your drink, think of where it’s going to end up and opt to drink without one instead.

http://thelastplasticstraw.org/about-us/
http://osof.org/portfolio/plastic-free-nz/

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