Reusable Straws – One Small Change, Big Lasting Impact
Did you know there is an estimated 500 million straws used daily in the U.S.? When plastic enters the ocean, it breaks down into smaller pieces but never fully disintegrates. Plastic is not biodegradable, meaning they can’t be broken down by micro-organisms. These small pieces of plastic are ingested by marine life when it is mistaken for food, posing a choking hazard.
It is estimated that approximately 95% of marine life has plastic in them. Even if they do not choke from the plastic right away, they are at a greater risk of dying since their stomach feels “full” from the plastic when they are actually starving.
500 million straws a day becomes 3.5 billion straws in a week, 14 billion in a month, etc. Can you imagine how many straws are used in a year? If nothing is done to change plastic pollution, the amount of plastic would outweigh the fish in the ocean in three decades. What can we do to help?
(Source: National Geographic)
Making a simple switch to reusable glass straws would have a lasting impact on the future of our planet. Let’s all work towards a cleaner ocean for ourselves and for marine life.