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Why Go Straw-Free?

Did you know…

Over 500 million brand new straws are used every day only to be thrown away 20 minutes later, according to the National Park Service.

“And if you need a little help understanding how much 500 million straws is, just think of 125 school buses being filled with straws each day. Although straws are relatively small and don’t seem like they’d do much damage, the number of straws people waste each day adds up.” Anthea Taeuber with Entity Mag 

Did you see, a couple months ago Starbucks plans to be straw-free worldwide by 2020. They made this announcement shortly after the entire city of Seattle banned all single-use plastics (environmental organization, Greenpeace, says 40% of plastics in the ocean are from single-use plastics). Let me tell you 4 reasons why entire cities and worldwide corporations have decided to change their plastic use.

Reasons to go straw free:
  1.  Straws, because of their small size and weight, can never be recycled.
  2.  They are really bad for our oceans. An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate.
  3. Straws are among the top 10 items found during beach cleanups and can do so much harm to seabirds, turtles and other marine creatures. If we don’t act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
  4. Are they really necessary for every person and for every cold drink? What’s the problem with drinking straight from the cup?

Learn more about the harmful impact straws make HERE.

Are straws bad? My goodness, no. Simply the plastic that most are made from is. So if you love your straws then check these websites out to buy your own reusable straw!

Silicone Straw: Package Free Shop $6.50 each

The Koffie Straw was designed specifically for hot beverages, the flat shape fits perfectly through a coffee lid and because it’s BPA and lead-free, you can sip without worrying about ingesting toxins.

Metal Straws: Amazon $10 set of 4

Greens Steel brand: BPA-free, Phthalate-free, Lead & Toxin-free. Thanks to their stainless steel quality, these straws are never going to get broken or rusty. Package includes 2 curved and 2 wider/straight straws and cleaning brush. 

Bamboo Straws: Package Free $1.50 each

You get the benefits of a straw without the harmful toxins of a traditional straw. Since these are made from wood, whenever they wear out then throw them into the woods to get rid of it. Simple, right!

 

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