There is an increased intensity in the war on plastics. The oceans are very much polluted with plastic resides, and this is causing more companies to ban plastic. The ban is effectively being implemented on plastic straws. It is required of companies to use eco-friendly alternatives. Despite the pressure piling up on companies to ban plastics, many companies are still reluctant to ban plastic straws. It is very worrying that plastic straw ban is yet to be fully embraced.
After a single use, 500 million plastic straws are thrown daily. These alarming statistics are for the United States of America only. If you transform this to a yearly consumption, it translates to 175 billion straws a year. This is the explanation as to why you easily see sea turtles with plastic straws on their noses.
Out of the huge masses of plastic that is used, there is only a small percentage that is collected for recycling. It is only a mere 14 percent of plastic packaging that is collected. 32 percent of the plastics cannot be trapped by the collection systems.
In a recent study, there are eight million metric tons of plastic residue that finds its way into the oceans each year. This is too much plastic waste by any standards.Sadly, plastic straws are unlikely to end up in recycling systems.This is indicative that almost all straws find their way into the ocean since they are light. There is a very real threat posed by these plastics to marine life.
This is the reason environmentalists won’t rest until they ensure plastic straws are permanently banned.
Actually, straws are not a necessity when drinking beverages. Therefore, deciding not to use a straw is very responsible. There are alternatives that exist for those who can’t take their drinks without a straw. The alternatives are discussed below.
A good alternative to plastic straws are paper straws.Paper straws were largely in use until the 1960s after which they were almost replaced by the nuisance plastic straws.However, they are still in use today and are a single use thing.
The other alternative is metal straws. Metal straws being reusable and eco-friendly are a reliable alternative to plastic straws.These straws come with brushes to enable easy washing.
The bamboo straws are other plastic straw alternatives available today. These straws are harvested from lightweight bamboos from sustainable forests. These are not single use straws and are eco-friendly. These reusable bamboo straws are available from several companies and are hygienic as well.
Glass straws are the other alternative to plastic straws.The glass straws are a good alternative to plastics since they can be reused and can be seen through for cleaning.
To be responsible is to deny the plastic straws the privilege to leave the shops by not buying or using them at all.