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Why Straws Seriously Suck

As we go about our day, most of us don’t think about the impact of that straw we used for our morning cold brew, lunch time’s smoothie, or evening refreshment. The problem is, those small straws add up – in the USA alone, 390 million plastic straws are used each day. That’s enough straws to circle around Earth over 2 times. Like other single use plastics, they never biodegrade and take centuries to break down. Plastic straws are ending up in our oceans by the thousands.

Pollution in Full Effect

The Last Straw

All these straws and plastics polluting our oceans have a negative impact on marine life. Plastic straws are particularly dangerous to animals because they break down into small pieces that can be ingested. Over 100 million marine animals are killed every year and 700 marine species are threatened due to plastic pollution. It is in our position to make daily changes through our actions to preserve the environment and coexisting life, and to give hope for future generations.

How ocean pollution affects marine life

Seabirds

90% of all seabirds have eaten plastic today—a number that has skyrocketed from 5% in 1960, and expected to rise to 99% by 2050. Straws are especially harmful, as they can be easily picked up and swallowed, which can suffocate and choke the bird, or build up storage in their stomachs which causes them to starve. Sadly, over 1 million seabirds die each year from ingesting plastic.

Fish

The unfortunate tales continue with fish, which take in microscopic plastic debris through its gills. A recent study found suggested that this form of plastic ingestion may take up to six times as long for the animal to rid themselves compared to oral ingestion. Plastic microfibers, which leech harmful toxins like BPA, make their way up through the food chain affecting other species, and our dinner plates.

Sea Turtles

We’ve all seen that heart wrenching video, where researchers off the coast of Costa Rica remove a plastic straw embedded in the nostril of an olive ridley sea turtle, an endangered species. It is likely that the sea turtle accidentally swallowed the straw, then got it stuck up its nostril while trying to cough it out. Seeing the devastating outcomes on animals and the environment from our own action acts as a catalyst for change.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

- Mahatma Gandhi