Unless you live under a rock, you've likely heard about the benefits of reusable straws. Every day, Americans use close to 400 million plastic straws which get thrown away after a single use. Plastic straws aren't just filling up our landfills; they're spilling over into the ocean and getting washed up on our beaches. It used to be easy to find a beach to relax at on a summer afternoon. Now, once-beautiful beaches have become awash with trash and debris that never needed to enter our water system in the first place.
The Issue with Plastic Straws
Plastic straws are the 11th most-found trash in the ocean. In most places, they can't be recycled, and it can take up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose naturally. That means that for up to 200 years, every straw you use has the potential to get into the ocean. This not only hurts the beauty of our beaches when they invariably wash up on shore, but it also hurts marine life.
From small fish to turtles to sea-faring birds, countless animals are consuming the plastic that gets dumped into the ocean on a daily basis. In fact, we estimate that a million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from eating plastic every year—and that's just the animals we have a count on. It doesn't include animals that might reside at the bottom of the ocean, too deep for us to even see.
You Can Help!
Luckily, there's a convenient solution that you can implement today to keep our beaches clean. Reusable stainless-steel straws allow you to continue using straws on a daily basis without creating environmental waste. Keep the beaches clean and clear for the next generation with minimal effort. Just get in the habit of packing a stainless-steel straw in your purse or backpack when you go out. That way, you can have the straws that you love the places that you love them and never have to worry that they'll end up washed up on the beach—or, worse, locked up in some poor sea turtle's stomach.
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