By Huda Ayaz
March 8th, 2018
“According to NPS, Americans use 500 MILLION straws every day–and that’s just in America.”
“I’d like a cheeseburger and french fries. Oh, and can I get Coke with that?” Upon receiving your order, grabbing a random seat, eating your food, and standing to throw everything into the trashcan, all of these things are being added to landfills. But one object we tend to overlook as a part of the problem is the straw.
Think about the last time you bought a soft drink and threw out the can or cup along with the straw without a second thought but just this small piece of plastic we take for granted, just like everything else, does build up.
According to NPS, Americans use 500 MILLION straws every day–and that’s just in America.
But that isn’t even the worst of it. The number of straws that end up in the ocean not only pollute our water but also hurt the animals that reside there.
Beaches have been overridden with plastic bags, cans, bottles–and straws. None of these things are good for the marine life.
Landfills and pollution is something that so many people underestimate when it’s really such a big problem. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Matter can not be created or destroyed but we tend to ignore this fact as we throw away so much garbage without a second’s thought.
Just by putting that one water bottle in the recycling bin that’s right next to the trash can make all the difference.
One thing people love to argue is that “I’m just one person” or “It’s just one straw and anyway, everyone else does it.” If everyone stopped this mindset of how their one reusable or recyclable trash won’t make a difference and that everyone doing something makes it okay, we can really help to cut down on this epidemic.
However, people are taking steps toward fixing this problem.
In LA, restaurants are beginning to supply straws to customers that ask for them instead of placing them for waste. In this way, less are being distributed so less end up in landfills or streets or oceans.
And again, you can make a difference. One thing you can do is stop using plastic straws but get a few reusable metal straws. This way, there won’t be any to throw away.
Or just don’t use straws and drink the “old-fashioned” way.