"No straw, ta!"

"No straw, ta!"

By 2050, it’s predicted that there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Plastic straws are one of the top offenders in beach clean-ups around the world, and a perfect size for getting stuck down throats of unsuspecting marine life.
No straw blackboard
Luckily, we have a very handy, man-made construct for drinking fluids. It’s called a mouth. If you do not have a mouth/have very real medical needs, then please ignore this post. You are allowed a straw.
Plastic doesn’t biodegrade. It photodegrades* into smaller and smaller pieces, which gets ingested by marine and land animals, and into our food chain.
Apparently on average, we will use a straw for around 20 minutes before throwing it away. That we live in the year 2017, with so much knowledge at our fingertips, but still choose to produce things that have a useage lifespan of 20 minutes is beyond my tiny brain to grasp.
So our first suggestion is very simple, which is when you are ordering your drink at a bar/restaurant etc., at the end of your order, ask for “No Straw, ta”. I’ve tried it. From experience I can tell you that you will probably feel like a twat the first time you do it, but then it becomes a habit.
Although I have tried lots of re-usable products over the past year, I haven’t gone down the re-usable straw route. If that tickles your pickle, then there are plenty of bamboo/stainless steel products around. Personally, I find it easier to just not have one.
*chemically degradeable by the action of light. IDIOT. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT PHOTODEGRADES MEANS?

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