The scale of plastic pollution in the oceans is appalling. An estimated 8 to 11 million tons of plastic enters the oceans every year — the equivalent of emptying a garbage truck filled with plastic into the oceans every minute.
Dune Ives, executive director of Lonely Whale, a nonprofit committed to protecting the oceans and marine life said that because the average human doesn’t interact with the oceans much, the problem isn’t widely known.
“We tend to focus more on land issues, but we have equally if not more impact in the oceans,” she said. “But it’s so far away from us, it’s so out of sight, out of mind, and really inaccessible for the vast majority of people, that we don’t really understand that it’s happening.”
Plastic 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.
They end up being mistaken for food by marine life, which, when swallowed, can cause injury or even death. Plastic 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.
There are several ways you can help the first is by giving up plastic straws and if you just have to have a straw try these alternatives.
These are lightweight, durable and sustainably made
Disposable and biodegradable, these straws are made from high-quality, biodegradable paper. Perfect for cocktails, swimming pool drinks, private and special events. Elegant and fun with different colors they will be the perfect accessories for your next event.
Steel straws are durable, easy to clean, and do not harm the environment. This set from Amazon is dishwasher safe, guaranteed not to rust and comes with its own cleaning brush.https://www.amazon.com/ALINK-Stainless-Steel-Straws-Replacement/dp/B07B64CM7W
When we hear the word “sustainability” we tend to think of renewable fuel sources, reducing carbon emissions, protecting environments and a way of keeping the delicate ecosystems of our planet in balance. In short, sustainability looks to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health, while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life.
Living earth is committed to making little changes that can make a big difference for our health and the planet, and helping you to live a sustainable zero-waste lifestyle.
Just say NO to the plastic straw next time you are in a restaurant, little ripples can affect great change.