What if you could make one small change that could have a huge impact on our world? Straws are the fifth most common trash found on beaches, and a huge contributor to the amount of plastic waste in our oceans. It’s become more common to bring re-usable cups to coffee shops to avoid wasting a plastic cup, but straws are one of those things that you don’t really stop to think about. They’re something that just come with every drink you order, whether you’re getting take out or are going to a sit down restaurant.
It wasn’t until I watched the trailer for the documentary STRAWS that I realized what a large impact ditching plastic straws could have on our planet. Imagine how you’d feel if you knew that one of the straws you used ended up hurting our ocean’s wildlife – it definitely would not feel good!
Our dependence on plastic straws needs to change – and this change will only happen when more of us realize we don’t really need to use them in the first place.
Challenge: Avoid plastic straws
Starting this week, I’ve avoided using any plastic straws. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you need to give up straws altogether – if you enjoy using straws, try swapping your plastic ones for paper, stainless or glass (less harmful). I bought some glass straws and keep them handy in my kitchen, and even in my car. It’s been easy to not use plastic straws when I’m at home, but harder when I’m out since I have to make more of a conscious effort and actually ask for my drinks to not be served with them.
In the long run, it would be really awesome to get to a point where restaurants have a straws-upon-request policy (Mario Batali is already doing this with his restaurants). So for the health of our planet, next time you’re ordering your coffee or are out to dinner, ask for your drink to be served sans-straw.
Who’s going to say no to straws with me starting this week?