The choices we make each day impact the environment. Sometimes it’s a big decision… sometimes it’s as small as refusing a plastic straw.
The Drinking Straw Revolution
Once the plague of beach cleans, plastic straws quickly became the target of eco warriors as the first easy step to combat plastic pollution. With an estimated 500 million straws being used each day or 175 billion a year in America alone the world began to wake up to the throw away nature of single use plastic straws.
From humble beginnings back in 1888, Marvin C. Stone received the patent for the paper drinking straws on January 3rd, little did Mr Stone know that his simple but popular creation would be demonised by plastic centuries later. Plastic straws may be more durable but that comes with a cost, they can stick around for 400 years in the environment, potentially injuring wildlife and leaking chemicals into the environment as they break down. Though they are only one small part of the plastic pollution problem, they are something most people can live without.
In 2021 there are many options around to help you avoid using pointless single use plastic like straws. Simply refusing a straw at a restaurant is the easiest way, or if you miss drinking through a straw then there are actually a large amount of reusable or biodegradable options, from reusable metal, glass or bamboo straws, to biodegradable paper ones.
Plastic Straw Bans Around The World:Only three countries have outright banned the plastic straw
- the Seychelles
In the United States there are a number of cities/ states that have introduced either bans or new rules around plastic straws:
City of Seattle - Banned Plastic Straws
City of Portland - Plastic Straws only available on request.
State of Oregon - Plastic Straws only available on request.
City of Santa Monica - Banned Plastic Straws
City of Santa Barbara - Banned Plastic Straws, with the exception of care homes & hospitals where they might be needed.
City of San Luis Obispo - Plastic Straws only available on request.
City of San Francisco - Banned Plastic Straws
City of Malibu - Banned Plastic Straws, alternatives to only be available on request.
City of Los Angeles - Plastic Straws only available on request.
City of Del Mar - Banned Plastic Straws, alternatives to only be available on request.
City of Davis - Plastic Straws only available on request with fast-food restaurants, delis, coffee shops exempt from the rule.
State of California - Plastic Straws only available on request with fast-food restaurants, delis, coffee shops exempt from the rule.
Over the next 12 months we will see the vast majority of EU countries put in place their own bans on plastic straws as in 2019 the European Union voted to ban a range of single use plastics.
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