It is not difficult to find that in our lives, we see less and less plastic straws, while paper straws are used more and more by us. The reason for this must be known to everyone. There is too much waste and pollution caused by plastic straws. So, how harmful is the plastic straw? How did major catering companies and tea shops of all sizes switch to using paper straws? Let's take a look at it in detail below.
Although the straws can be recycled, there are very few that are actually recycled. Eventually most of them flow into the ocean, threatening the lives of fish and birds. The straws are not big, so marine life is likely to swallow them. Plastic objects such as straws and forks can even get stuck in turtles' noses.
According to "Strawless Ocean", we found plastic in the stomachs of 71% of seabirds and 30% of sea turtles. These are made by humans, and we could have avoided it-when these animals ingested plastic, their mortality rate reached 50%. Therefore, plastic straws pollute the environment more than paper straws.
Seattle has banned all businesses from selling food and beverages with plastic, and straws are of course no exception; California also has a bill in the making, which requires restaurants to provide straws only when customers ask for it; Scotland has achieved complete elimination of plastic straws.
McDonald's also actively responded to this call. In more than 1,300 branches across the UK, McDonald’s has replaced plastic straws with biodegradable environmentally friendly paper straws, and will only provide straws when selling beverages when requested by customers. This can also be counted as a test to see what people’s attitudes towards paper straws are. Once McDonald’s succeeds in the UK, it will be promoted worldwide.
Although McDonald's uses a paper straw instead, it is not the only option. However, it is a better way than throwing away plastic straws. If you still can't get rid of the straws, you can choose non-disposable straws, or you can make a use plan for yourself. Bamboo, glass and metal are also used to make reusable straws. The advantages of paper straws are that you can carry it with you, or even put it in the compartment of the car. When you want to use the paper straw, just take it out and use it at any time.
Attaching high importance to environmental protection is the future development trend. Whether it is for our ordinary family use or commercial use, environmentally friendly paper straws are worth our promotion. It is also necessary to take a responsibility and reduce the use of plastic straws.