Straws Are For Suckers
Let’s start with the facts:
- EVERYDAY nearly 500 million straws are used & discarded in the US
- 500 million straws can wrap the circumference of the earth 2.5 times
- 500 million straws can fill Yankee Stadium over 9 times in a year
- They are not recyclable
- By 2050 they will outweigh all the fish in the sea
- They are made with BPA
I’ve been guilty of it myself even as I try to eliminate plastic from life. They’re just so convenient when you’re getting a drink to go. Then, there’s the restaurant scene where they often automatically come with your glass before you can even say; “no straw, thank you!”
On that note, let’s talk about the restaurant scene since this seems to me to be a good place to start saying “no” to straws. If you’re afraid of germs on glasses at restaurants, consider this: do you use a straw in your wine glass? Mug? Are utensils just completely an anomaly? We must trust the commercial dishwasher at some point. You could always bring your own, now that would be an interesting conversation with your server, but hey, maybe they’ll start picking up on this awesome new trend.
Now here’s an idea for that takeaway iced coffee, what if they just put it in a warm takeaway coffee cup? No straw needed and you don’t have to deal with that weird sweaty plastic cup. Same goes for this too, maybe you could bring your own iced coffee cup and reusable straw. I have and most places are okay to fill it up.
It is easy to search the web or your local store for bamboo, stainless steel, or glass options. So, the next time you consider using a plastic straw think of that adorable sea turtle on Finding Nemo getting a plastic straw stuck up its nose.
Long Live Mother Earth.
For more information, for people to follow on no plastic tips, and for when your local café, eatery, juicery gives you a weird look about requesting a biodegradable/ reusable straw or no straw at all because you brought your own you can tell them there is at least one restaurant out there supplying their clientele with zero plastic straws.