Plastic straws suck – literally and figuratively. Americans alone throw away 500 million plastic straws each day. To paint the picture: 500 million straws would fill more than 125 school buses every single day. That’s 46,400 school buses a year – and it doesn’t even count the rest of the world.Most of these straws end up in our oceans and threaten marine life with injury or death through entanglement and ingestion. Worse, as straws break down into smaller and smaller pieces over time, their petroleum compounds leak toxins and slowly poison the waters, entering the food chain and endangering yet more sea life that never came into contact with the original straw.
Multiple campaigns aim to end plastic straw usage: Some cities are banning them altogether, like Seattle, which is set to ban all plastic straws and dining utensils by July 2018. Many restaurants have voluntarily already banned straws now, and there is even a social media hashtag, #StopSucking, used by celebrities and participants involved in the movement.
Some hotels have taken a stand against plastic straws, like all of the Six Senses resorts, including Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman. And paper straws replaced plastic ones at Virtuoso’s annual luxury travel conference in Las Vegas this year.
Without a sustained effort, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outnumber fish by 2050. Once-beautiful reefs will be littered with pieces of plastic.
An alternative to these plastic straws are Stainless Steel straws. Durable and lightweight, Stainless Steel metal straws won’t corrode, rust or break.
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