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I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about plastic straws lately either in the news, on social media or maybe from me. 🙂
So, I figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to provide some info about why they have such a bad rap AND how you can cut down on using them.
How Many Do We Use?
Check out this statistic…
Last year Americans used over 390 million straws EVERYDAY! What the *^#@??!!!
This is amazing – and not in a good way. :-0
If you think about it, every time you go to a fast-food restaurant, a regular restaurant or even a coffee shop you are probably getting a straw.
Although, I am finding that lately a lot of places – at least where we live – are only giving out a straw out upon request. Yeah!!
So why are plastic straws so bad?
The days of tossing trash out your car window ( yes, people really used to do that!) are over but a lot of trash still makes its way into the environment .
Many of these straws end up in waterways like lakes, rivers and the ocean. They also wash up on our shores littering beaches. According to Ocean Conservancy straws (and stirrers) are number 8 on the list of the top 10 items found washed up on beaches!
Marine mammals and seabirds mistake plastic straws or pieces of plastic straws for food causing harm or even death. You’ve probably seen the picture of the sea turtle with the straw stuck in his nose, right? It’s hard to look at but you can do your part to stop it from happening.
By the way, plastic straws are not recyclable. They won’t decompose or go away completely. They can break down into smaller and smaller pieces but they won’t fully break down.
So, plastic straws are around for a really long time – like forever!!
How to Skip the Straw
Now that I’ve convinced you (hopefully) about why it’s important to skip plastic straws, I won’t leave you hanging without some options! 🙂 I know you all like your straws!!
Maybe you like using a straw so you don’t mess up your lipstick. Or maybe you’re grossed out about putting your lips on a restaurant cup. Or maybe you really just like enjoying your beverage with a straw!
All are totally legit reasons to use a straw but let me offer you a few other options.
Here are three different types of reusable straws that we use at home AND on the go – which totally embarrasses my kids. BONUS! 🙂
The first one is great to drop in your bag or purse and it comes in a really nice portable container. It’s a stainless steel straw but it also has a silicone tip so for those of you who don’t like the way stainless steel feels on your lips. And, it comes with a really tiny straw that you use to quickly and easily clean it.
The next straw I use on the go comes a really small container that you can put on your keychain. Handy, huh? The straw folds completely down to fit in the container. When you take it out it pops open creating a full size straw. This one also comes with a teeny cleaning tool.
At home we use these stainless steel straws. They come in a set of six straws plus a teeny cleaning brush.
So there are 3 super easy alternatives to using a plastic straw at home or out! I hope you find that one of that works for you and you can start skipping plastic straws!! 🙂
I’d love to hear how you skip the plastic straw!!