Plastic trash in the ocean threatens to outweigh the fish population by 2050...and with over 500,000 single-use plastic straws thrown away every day, we can be sure that a significant amount of that plastic waste can be attributed to these lightweight items that easily are blown into the ocean.
We could have posted the not-so-easy to look at but infamous picture of the sea turtle with the straw stuck inside of his nose that might have been the catalyst for this movement to let this point make itself. But for now, we have chosen to instead highlight what we can do to prevent tragic scenes like this one from occurring in the future.
We know not only that straws are dangerous when accidentally consumed by wildlife, but also that as they degrade and break down in the ocean, they are filling the waters with toxic chemicals.
How can we help?
...and encourage others to do the same. Whether it be friends, family, or local businesses, we can all go in on this together.
If you happen to need a straw, choose a reusable one made of stainless steel, glass, or bamboo! These can easily be purchased on Amazon. Otherwise choose compostable straws like the ones we use in our shops - just make sure that they are properly disposed of in an industrial compost facility.
There is no doubt that making this choice to refuse the straw will lead us to more conscious decisions in other areas of our life. And then we can better understand the impact we have on the world.
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