When was the last time you used plastic straw? Last month..last week..yesterday …. what ?? today it self.
You know the fact that plastic is not good for the environment, its dangerous for our ecosystem. It damages biodiversity. It takes a long long time to get destroyed completely. It damages soil, air, water. But still we do use that. Why? For sake of convenience. That’s it. Nothing more. It comes handy, looks attractive and may be because alternatives are costlier and not so convenience when comes to use under different circumstances.
Ok.. lets narrow our horizon.
Why did you used straw last time? For drinking something right. You wanted to intake some liquid and you used a straw to fulfill that desire. Now let’s come to this point, have you ever used straw to drink water from a bottle? From a glass? Perhaps not.
We use straw in 90% cases because of the packaging of drink. Either that be cold or hot drink, even milk or coconut water or any liquid drink, compel us to do that because of its packaging. What it looks decent. Oh!! Common, Do you have any idea how costly this decency can be? The packaging, that is offered in most of the drinks in food chain such as MacDonalds or KFC or CCD or Starbucks or Subway or any such café gives us no choice than to use straw.
Once found mostly in soda fountains of the 1930s, straws have become one of the most ubiquitous unnecessary products on the planet. Except for people with medical needs, straws are not needed to consume beverages or water. “10-15 years ago, straws weren’t everywhere. It used to be at a bar, you’d get a straw. Now you order a damn glass of ice water and they put a straw in it,” says Douglas Woodring, founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, a Hong Kong-based group that is working to reduce ocean trash.
Most plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter. They drop through sorting screens and mix with other materials and are too small to separate. They also hold no value post-use, so are not attractive to those companies who are purchasing and re-using used plastic.
It may give you cool look while roaming around with a Starbucks coffee and use that complementary straw periodically to take small sip but hey Thanks !! you just contributed towards environment pollution. That one straw creates big problems for sea creatures and animals on land. There have been many cases when these straw proved to be killer for many creatures.
Straws are among the top 10 items found during beach clean ups and can do so much harm to seabirds, turtles and other marine creatures. It is estimated that ocean plastic may triple in a decade if we keep using plastics at the same pace. As of now approximately 8 million ton of plastics enters in ocean every year. Around 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year. A study has suggested that by 2050 with this speed we will have more plastics in sea than fish.
World was shocked when this video came out in 2015. Can you imagine the pain this turtle might be going through?
An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. What would our oceans be without marine life?
(source: Communication with Chris Wilcox, CSIRO, primary and contributing author to both studies cited)
What’s equally as bad, perhaps even worse is that when plastic does make it into the ocean it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces known as “microplastics” rather than biodegrading or dissolving, which poses great threats to marine life including fish.
Various organizations and environmentalist, NGOs and even government of many countries are stepping forwards to control and put a stop on straw and plastic usage. This won’t be fruitful unless we people take a stand on day to day basis and pledge to give a better environment and future to our next generation.
Universities and corporate coming forward.
— Bon Appétit Mgt Co. (@bamco) May 24, 2018
WETHERSPOON’S one of the largest pub chain will stop using plastic straws across its 900 pubs in the UK and Ireland by the end of the year.
McDonald’s will be getting rid of plastic straws and replacing them with paper ones in UK this year.
“No PLASTIC straw, please!”