Plastic Straws

Should we use them?

Claim

I believe people should use reusable straws. Or no straws at all.

Materials in Plastic Straws

Materials in plastic straws are oil, colorants, and sometimes antioxidants. You may be wondering what colorants and antioxidants are. Colorants and are in powdered form and if they aren't on the list of approved additives they must get tested before being used in any food product. And antioxidants help reduce harmful interactions with the plastic and oxygen.

Why?

Where Do Plastic Straws End Up, If Not Thrown away?

Do you throw away your plastic straws and just leave them on the sidewalk without really thinking about what they could do? Well here is something to think about: when you throw plastic straws on the sidewalk or in the street, they usually end up in streams, rivers or even in the ocean. If they reach the ocean, you are contributing to the top 10 plastics found there. Straws can hurt animals in many ways, like when they eat the straw it gets stuck in there throat and they die. Would you want to do that to the animals?

Straws are Made of Oil

As you may know the plastic that is used in making straws are made of oil, and oil is a nonrenewable resource. Oil could one day run out and then there would be no oil for the things we actually need it for. So why use it on plastic straws?

When you Throw Away Straws

When you throw away plastic straws you contribute to the number of plastic straws and plastic in the landfill. And in the US alone everyday people use about 500 million straws!! And the US population is only about 320 million people. If we put all those straws together it would wrap around the Earth two and a half times daily! That's a lot of straws. And most of those straws end up in the landfill or just lying around in the street or ocean.
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Activists

The activists on my product are saying use a reusable straw or no straws. And if you want to use a reusable straw use a stainless steal one, because you can reuse it over and over again. Because plastic straws are filling up the lakes, rivers and oceans.

What you Can Do

To help save the Earth one plastic straw at a time, you can do the following;

  • Don't use straws
  • If you absolutely want to use a straw use a reusable straw
  • If the straw is not reusable, throw away or recycle the straw

Bibliography

Pictures
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