Straws Suck! Skip a Straw, Help Save the Marine Life

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Summer is right around the corner! The temperatures are finally going up and with more sun comes more ice cold drinks to help fight the heat. When summer comes, lemonade, Icees, iced coffees, and multitudes of summer time drinks come along with everyone’s favorite season.

When we get our drinks we may grab a plastic straw and we don’t take into account the detrimental effects straws cause to our marine life.

According to Strawlessocean.org Americans use over 500 millions straws per day so that totals to about 182500 million straws per year! Most of our straws and other trash end up in the ocean and by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

How do straws even enter the ocean? Straws mainly enter the ocean by human error. Some ways they enter the ocean are by littering, and because they are lightweight they sometimes get picked up by the wind and end up in the ocean.

What happen when they are in the ocean? According to Strawlessocean.org 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles are found with plastic pieces in their stomachs and when they ingest plastic the marine life have a 50% mortality rate.  When the plastic gets in the ocean water it can break down into smaller pieces called “micro-plastics” and they are equally bad for marine life.

Yes, people understand that sometimes people have to use a straw because of many causes and there are plenty of alternatives. You can buy  reusable straws usually made out of metal or a stronger plastic or you can use paper straws. Or when you are at a restaurant you can always ask for no straw.

Straws are a single-use plastic, so we can only use them once before throwing them out. By stopping or at least reducing your use of plastic straws can be one of the easiest ways to help clean our oceans and help protect marine life.

Environmental activists are creating campaigns and hashtags like, #StopSucking to help bring awaerness to the plastic in our oceans. Many cities have even created new laws to ban plastic straws, Los Angeles and Seattle have banned them and New York City may be the next!

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