Stop Whining Over Plastic Straws And Accept We Need A Change
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Please Stop Whining Over Paper Straws And Accept The Fact We Needed A Change

It's time to take steps forward to eliminating plastic waste to our environment.

Please Stop Whining Over Paper Straws And Accept The Fact We Needed A Change

This planet is the only one we got, and we need to treat it well. Every day, marine life is threatened by the use of plastic products that ultimately end up in the ocean. One step that the world is taking currently is to stop using plastic straws. Mcdonalds and Starbucks have both started to eliminate these products. In addition, Whole Foods just announced that they are putting a ban on all plastic straws. Several places are opting for paper instead. Paper straws are biodegradable, meaning that even if they end up in the ocean, they will break down within three days. Meanwhile, plastic straws take years to decompose. Paper straws are also affordable to buy in bulk for 2 cents each, so this change will not be difficult for a business to take on.

Switching to paper straws is only the beginning of ending this epidemic. Still, it encourages people to start focusing more on their environmental footprint. Removing plastic straws will get rid of 0.03% of plastic waste. This might not seem like much, but it still significant. 8.3 billion plastic straws are currently on beaches around the world. This is due to businesses such as restaurants using such an abundance of them. The benefit of these straws is that they are disposable, making them easy to use. That is why paper straws are a good alternative for restaurants to use.

Plastic is harmful for several reasons. For one, plastic does not decompose but instead breaks down into smaller pieces. These pieces are digested by marine life which is extremely dangerous to them. Wildlife is also often tangled up in plastic pieces on beaches. For instance, turtles get straws caught up their noses which is very painful for them. When these realities are acknowledged, it is impossible not to realize how necessary it is to stop using plastic straws - and plastic in general. As for the effect on humans, it is also severe. The toxins in plastic are linked to health issues such as cancer and birth defects. In addition, plastic must be cleaned up. When it piles up on beaches and littered on the streets, it can cost billions in order to clean up. These reasons alone should show that it is essential to remove plastic waste from the earth.

Metal and glass straws are an alternative that consumers can buy for personal use. This is more difficult to impose, but would certainly make a big difference. One thing that can encourage this is restaurants not providing straws - even paper ones - unless the customer requests one. This will decrease the number of straws used in businesses. Also, it could inspire people to have their own metal or glass straws that they can bring wherever they go. These straws are great and can be bought for less than ten dollars. These are reusable so it is a one time purchase. The more these straws are encouraged and advertised, the better the environment will benefit.

The elimination of plastic waste starts by providing alternatives that are easy to implement. Paper straws are the best first step to help to solve this problem. It is time to jump on board to this initiative and see it as the positive action that it is. Paper straws are safe and good to use and have a great impact on the safety of both wildlife and humans.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments