“It’s not that hard to give up straws.”
Straws might seem like a trivial place to start — but the US alone consumes 500 million straws each day. Most of these straws end up in the world’s oceans, where they clot shorelines and gather in thick gyres.
They end up being mistaken for food by marine life, which, when swallowed, can cause injury or even death, or they can get painfully jammed into orifices, like with this turtle whose suffering sparked widespread outrage. And straws — coffee stirrers, cocktail straws, big, bendy straws — gradually break down into microplastics that leach toxins into the water and eventually blanket the sea floor.
Seen from this macro-perspective, minimizing straws would be a pretty effective place to start in the quest to clean the oceans.
And so Lonely Whale launched a campaign with the ultimate goal of preventing 500 million straws from getting into the oceans in 2017.
“Straws are really that singular item that every day someone can say no to, and it doesn’t cause us problems as individuals,” she added. “It’s not that hard to give up straws.”
So Paper Straw Is Your Choice