Some plastic facts:
- The annual production of plastic has increased 200-fold from the 1950s to 2014
- 90% of plastic worldwide doesn’t end up getting recycled
- Plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter
- One of the most commonly found plastic items on our beaches are plastic straws
- Straws end up in our oceans from human error – left on the beach, or are blown from trash bins
- Approximately 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate.
Plastic waste is a large issue globally and it is only until recently that people are starting to make a change in order to reduce their plastic footprint.
It is very easy to think that this ONE straw or this ONE plastic bag won’t do any harm. But remember there are billions of people in this world and we all have those thoughts. Now, if we all think like that, then that’s a huge contributing factor as to why we have so many environmental issues with plastic and its disposal processes.
We need to be a part of the CHANGE we want to see in the world, and not be a part of the problem.
To start being a part of the solution to this dilemma, we can reduce our single plastic use items as this is where our plastic problem gets out of hand.
There are various ways you can reduce your plastic use. One way is to continually reuse the plastic items you already have at home such as your plastic bags, bottles and containers. Use them over and over again until they are on their last legs!
Another option is to invest in products that are made to be reused and serve the same function as many plastic products. This is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint substantially.
One of the most commonly found plastics on the beach and in the ocean is plastic straws.
It is hard to put a number on it, but it has been estimated that we use around 10 million straws a day.. yep that may even be an underestimate..! Scary stuff!
Straws aren’t usually a necessity for the average person, but a lot of people do like the occasional straw to enjoy their drink.
If you are one of these people but don’t want to contribute more plastic pollution to our oceans or contribute to landfill, then don’t worry, there is a solution!
They are a great option to enjoy your drink and to help the environment.
These straws are beautifully made from 100% #304 Food Grade Stainless Steel that are great to use for smoothies, juices, iced coffee… you name it!
They are zero waste, plastic-free and are Australian owned.
It even comes with its own little cleaner!
Another option, are reusable bamboo straws, which are another great alternative to single-use plastic straws. They are also biodegradable, so there are no waste issues with these beauties.
Thanks for caring! It is really inspiring to see how many people are so motivated to do their part and really embrace how individuals can make a difference and understand its power to encourage others to join this amazing movement as well.
The Earth Co.