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“By 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight.” – Plastic Pollution Coalition
Just let that sink in.
The Straws Issue
I’ll admit it, I’m a coffee addict. I absolutely love coffee and probably drink it more than water. In college, I was too lazy to make my own so I always bought it from the local coffee shop. Not only did this take a large chunk of my part-time job paycheck, but I don’t think I actually realized how much plastic I was wasting. About a year ago, I watched this video that severely changed my perspective on something I used daily: single use plastic straws. This is the poster child against plastic straws:
Make Your Difference
It always stuck in my mind, but it wasn’t until recently that I made a change about it. A few months back, I completely stopped using single use plastic straws. Instead, I switched to stainless steel straws. Since 6 come in a pack, I keep one in my car, in my purse, in my lunch bag, and save the rest for home. Each pack comes with a cleaning brush, so they are super easy to clean (and I am a clean freak about those straws).
I found it surprisingly easy to say “no” to plastic single-use straws because I always have a stainless steel straw on hand. And even if I’m just one person making a small change, think about this. In the United States alone, humans use 500,000,000 single-use straws every year. Based on that national average, one single person over 60 years will use 38,000 straws alone!*
It’s often hard to think of how one person can make a difference in this giant world of people. But if you are one less person putting 38,000 pieces of unnecessary plastic into the ocean, that is huge!
To help keep me accountable for my word, I signed the Last Plastic Straw Pledge, and I have not used a plastic straw since! If you visit The Last Plastic Straw website, you can find restaurants that have joined in on the mission to eliminate single-use plastic straws in their businesses, and ways to encourage your local restaurants to eliminate plastic straws from their establishments.
*info found at http://www.ecocycle.org/bestrawfree/faqs
Find more information at http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/