Straws that is…
I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a post on the Racing Extinction IG page that 100% caught my eye.
It was a meme of Beyonce sipping a slurpee and it said:
“When you find out we use 500 MILLION straws every day”
Ummm. Excuse me??
500 MILLION EVERY SINGLE FUCKING DAY?
Let that sink in for a minute before I continue.
How fucking insane is that? And sad?? Now, I haven’t personally used plastic straws in months (remember this post on my fave reusable straws), but knowing that that many plastic straws still float around and make their way into ruining the planet is insanely upsetting.
Here’s why plastic straws suck ass:
+ While many plastic straws can be recycled, most are not recyclable. While some straws are made from #2 or #5 plastic, which is recyclable, straws are too lightweight and often don’t make it through the recycling sorter. Further, many communities don’t allow plastic straws to be recycled no matter the material. Like the plastic bag and soda can rings, straws fall under the category of “single-use plastics.”
+ Conventional wisdom recognizes most plastic straws that make it into the ocean are either left on the beach, dropped on sidewalks and streets, fall off of boats or blow out of trash cans and transport vehicles. All it takes is a gust of wind or rain storm to push these straws into water ways and into the ocean.
Most of the straws that make it to a recycling station will end up in the landfill. Plastic degrades (breaks down/disappears) very slowly – this means plastic straws will stay in landfills for a long time and given the erosion that can occur in the “bottom layer” of a landfill, some straws in landfills may also reach our ocean through local water ways. Seabirds that frequent open landfills may also ingest plastic straws.
+ 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.
Many of those plastic straws end up in our oceans, polluting the water and harming sea life. If we don’t act now, by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh the fish. One small change can have a big impact: #stopsucking on plastic straws.
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Go with paper or reusable straws. When you go to a restaurant, let the server know you’re gonna skip the straws for the evening. Don’t use any straws with your morning iced latte from Starbucks or smoothie. Invest in straws you can wash and reuse and keep them in your car for use when you’re on the go(in some type of clean tupperware of course).
When we were in San Diego I became obsessed with the restaurant Searsucker because they do not use straws! And they have a giant blurb educating as to why on their menu. I instantly fell in love. If more places did that, the planet would be in better shape.
Sidenote- can we talk about how Adrian Grenier liked my tweet?? First of all he’s hot, cares about the planet, and he’s hot. And he acknowledged my little old tweet.
My night was basically made.
Sign this pledge saying you’ll #StopSucking, create your own pledge link, and share this post and your pledge link to every social media channel and to everyone you know.
Together we can all create a better planet.
Alright, my hands are aching from typing and tweeting and basically telling everyone I know that Adrian liked my tweet so I’m off to bed.