The Last Straw

80% of all marine debris found in the ocean is land based, and 80-90% of the marine debris is made from plastic.

What kind of plastic is found in the ocean? Plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic utensils., and plastic STRAWS.

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Photo from Deep Blue Scuba and Swim’s Earth Day Clean up in 2017

How many times have you ordered a drink and there has been a single use, plastic straw.  Did you ask for a straw? Probably not, it’s so ingrained in our culture now to just receive this.

Here’s some statistics about the United States:

  • Makes up 5% of the world’s population
  • Consumes 30% of the world’s resources
  • Creates 30% of the world’s waste

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How do we as a country and a society cut back on waste? We make a concerted effort to reduce, reuse and recycle.  And sometimes that means totally re-evaluating how we do the most mundane things-like eating out.  You will use less plastic if you never used another straw again.

 

So consider taking The Last Straw challenge.  Ask ahead when you order-no straws please.  Reject them immediately.  If you’re a hard core straw addict, consider keeping metal reusable straws in your car and your purse.  Doing something this small could make a HUGE difference.

Remember, plastic does not biodegrade-so every plastic straw you’ve ever put your lips to is still out in the world, and theres a good chance it’s in the ocean by now.  So please, consider this small sacrifice, and other ways you can cut down on your plastic consumption.

For more information please visit: The Last Plastic Straw

or STRAWLESS OCEAN to learn how you can #stopsucking  before their claim:

If we don’t act now, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

make better choices,

xmerbabe

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One response to “The Last Straw

  1. Also, use stainless steel straws for personal/home use! I keep some at the office and some at home – easy to wash and infinitely reusable.

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