Ditch your plastic drinking straw for one of these
Malibu, Seattle, San Francisco, and Vancouver are among the cities that have just banned plastic straws, with many others close to doing the same thing. The movement to jettison straws recently got another big boost when Bon Appetit, a huge food service company with cafeterias in 33 states, announced it will stop offering them. The reason plastic straws are very much in the news is simple: Our oceans are being choked by plastic and straws, while not the biggest contributor, are certainly part of the problem.
Over 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the United States, and sadly, most end up in the ocean.
One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die annually from ingesting or getting physically trapped in plastic.
More than 24,000 tons of plastic have ended up in fish in the north Pacific ocean alone.
“Giving up plastic straws is a small step, and an easy thing for people to get started on,” says Diana Lofflin, the founder of StrawFree.org, an activist organization based in San Diego.” From there, we can move on to larger projects.”
But giving up straws can be hard, especially if you’re partial to frothy, slushy, or thick and creamy drinks. So here’s some good news: Entrepreneurs are seizing the moment and producing new, more sustainable straws that they hope restaurants, and consumers, will start using instead.