Americans use 500 million straws per day — and consequently, they’re one of the top five most common forms of trash picked up from coastlines. Plastic straws are made from polypropylene, which is a byproduct of petroleum, a fossil fuel that requires an incredible amount of energy and natural resources to extract and refine. Size is the biggest barrier to straw recycling. As plastic travels down conveyor belts while being sorted, small items like straws fall through the cracks and end up being sent to the landfill. As of right now, there aren’t many (if any) special straw-recycling facilities either, which means when you use a straw, you know that plastic will sit in a landfill for years to come.
Straws, as with many small plastics, pose a threat to wildlife as well. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, plastic straws are one of the top five most common items found on our shores during International Coastal Cleanups. The next time you’re at the beach, keep an eye out for plastic straws (you’ll probably find more than one). In the United States alone, approximately 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded each day — enough straws to circumnavigate the planet two and a half times.
When you eat out at restaurants, ask your server to hold the straw and bring your own SUX.
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