10 signs you should go #strawless

Every beverage, from still water to a nice cocktail, comes nowadays with a plastic straw.

It’s commode and colourful, but it makes a lot of damage!

Though at first a small plastic straw may not appear a big deal, in reality, it’s added up usage creates a huge environmental problem.

Here are 10 facts about plastic straws and plastic in general that will make you change your mind and refuse the straw next time, for the good of our planet.

 

1. Plastic straws are a non-essential part of our lives

People drank liquids without a straw for thousands of years and we’ll ethically do the same for many years ahead!

 

2. It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose

The planet will have to deal with a straw for a long time, longer than our lives and for sure longer that the time we actually used it to sip our beverage.

 

3. Plastic straws are not recyclable

Most of them are too lightweight to o make it through the mechanical recycling sorter.

 

4. Polypropylene, the problem base compound of plastic straws

Even though Polypropylene or type 5 plastic can be recycled, it is not accepted by most of the recycling programs. Furthermore, our straws will end up in oceans and landfills.

 

5. Degrading process

The degradation of plastic is not biodegradation!

While degrading, plastic breaks into tiny microscopic particles releasing chemicals that are toxic to wildlife and the environment. A study of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, shows a high concentration with global distribution of plastic in the planetary oceans, approximately up to 580,000 pieces per km2!!

6.  Plastic straws harm the Ocean Wildlife

Each year, 1 million seabirds and 100 000 animals die from ingesting plastic.

Thinking it is actually food, many animals eat the plastic that will later damage their internal and reproduction system.

7. Only in the US, there are 500 millions straws used every day.

That is a huge amount of plastic, enough straw to circle around the Earth 2.5 times or fill the Yankee Stadium 7 times.

 

8. Plastic production is growing rapidly, doubling every 11 years since it’s commercial production began in 1950.

 

9. The chances to find plastic debris in species unaffected before rises with 0,2% a year

PNAS (Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) predicted derbies to have been found in 99.8% of species by 2050.

 

10.  The garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean is now three times the size of France

Plastic represents 10% of the global discarded waste and it is considered being the most drastic and dramatic earth surface changer in the last 50 years

Usually the risks of using plastic are poorly understood. By just refusing a plastic straw along with your beverage, can make a huge impact!

Now that you are aware, here are 5 amazing sustainable alternatives for your daily use.

Header illustration by Bonnie Monteleone