Does Banning Plastic Straws Really Help the Environment (Part II)?


Why Straws?

These big cities and big corporations taking action aids in bringing attention to the problem and begin a conversation about how harmful plastic straws, and plastic as a whole, are to the earth.

Moving away from plastic straws is certainly good for the environment, but it might present some challenges for business owners. This article explains why straws are being banned, what their ecological impact is, and what your choices are when it comes to discovering the correct alternative for your business.

According to the amount of attention, plastic straws are getting, it might be surprising to learn they are not the chief type of plastic waste. That top score goes to containers and food wrappers, which account for around 30% of all plastic pollution. They are trailed by the plastic bottle and container caps at 16%, plastic bags at 11%, and finally stirrers and plastic straws at 8%.

Plastic straws are harming marine animals.

The main reason noted for getting rid of plastic straws is their bad impact on marine wildlife and oceans. Plastic in the ocean is a big problem. You don’t have to look any further than the videos of marine wildlife suffering due to ocean pollution to realize that. But of all the plastic that ends up in the ocean, straws make up only around 4% of that waste.

Why are Straws a Big Target? 

The issue is its size. They are little and unobtrusive. So much so that folks usually forget they are plastic and don’t recycle them.

Straws that do get recycled typically don’t make it through the mechanical recycling sorter since they are so lightweight and small. So, they pollute recycling loads or get disposed of as garbage.

It is assessed that the average person uses two straws per day. That means that if 25,000 individuals stop using straws, we would abolish 5,000,000 straws and stop them from getting into the oceans and destroying wildlife.


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