A plastic straw has a lifespan of ~15 minutes, yet they last around for 400 years until they decompose. That just doesn’t make sense to me! 500 million straws are used everyday - and that’s just the statistics in the US alone! The low recycling rate of plastic straws means fragments of the straws end up in the ocean, the landfill or being ingested by animals.
On a brighter note, the problem of plastic straws is one that can be easily solved with little effort! Consider bringing a reusable straw with you or simply refuse single-use straws.
Instead of carrying a reusable straw with you, I find it way easier to just request for “no straw” as you are ordering your drinks. This doesn’t always work as it’s somewhat a habit for servers to place a straw in the drinks... Nevertheless, don’t give up and be proactive when emphasising “no straw, please”! I’m sure a lot of people had seen that video of a sea turtle🐢with a plastic straw stuck up its nostril so they should understand other’s attempt at being eco-friendly and avoiding single-use plastics.
Unless you’re a toddler, you don’t really need that straw to enjoy your green juice, cocktail, or canned soft drinks. If you still prefer to sip your drinks, opt for non-plastic, reusable straws, such as stainless steel, glass, bamboo or compostable paper ones. They come in different sizes and can be easily found online or in stores.
There are so many dire environmental issues going on in the world, why not start with something so small and easy? One less plastic straw at a time.
Where to buy:
HK Delivery: now-nowaste.com, plasticfreehk.com
In store: Live Zero, Edgar