Now, removing plastic straws from our daily habits is almost inevitable. The waste from plastic straws is incalculable. In the United States alone, people throw away 500 million straws a day. According to One Less Straw, these straws can circle the earth two and a half times.
People started to tell the waiters to stop serving straws. Starting this summer, Seattle will ban all businesses from selling food and drinks with plastic, and straws are no exception; There's also a bill in the works in California that requires restaurants to offer straws only when customers ask for them; Scotland plans to eliminate plastic straws altogether by the end of 2019.
McDonald's also responded to the call. McDonald's has replaced plastic straws with biodegradable paper straws at more than 1,300 branches across the UK, and will only offer straws when customers ask for them. It's also a test to see how people's attitudes towards paper straws, and if McDonald's succeeds in the UK, it will be rolled out around the world.
The dangers of plastic straws
While straws can be recycled, few are actually recycled. We throw the straws at the side of the road and they are taken to landfills. And they pose the greatest threat to the oceans. While they are not the biggest source of pollution in our waterways, fish and birds are suffering a lot. The straw is not big, so sea life is easy to swallow. Plastic items like straws and forks can even get stuck in a turtle's nose.
We found plastic in the stomachs of 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles, according to Strawless Ocean. These are all made by humans, and we could have avoided them - when these animals ingest plastic, they die at 50%.
A substitute for plastic straws
While McDonald's uses a paper straw instead, it's not the only option, but it's a better option than throwing away the plastic straw. If you can't get rid of the straw, you can either choose a non-disposable straw or make a plan for yourself. Bamboo, glass and metal are also used to make reusable straws. You can carry it with you, or even put it in the glove box of your car, and take it out whenever you want to use a straw.