Join us in celebrating International Straw-free Day on February 3rd
The goal is to raise public awareness regarding plastic pollution. The drinking straw is a product that represents our use and throwaway culture and our addiction to plastic.
Did you know…?
According to various scientific studies, plastic drinking straws are one of the top 10 waste products found in our oceans and on our beaches (along with cigarette butts, food and drink packaging, and plastic cups).
In the USA alone, 500 million straws are used (and thrown away) every single day! The equivalent of 127 school buses full of straws daily!
Drinking straws, like many other plastic products, are not recycled. These days they end up in landfill, are incinerated, or worse still, they pollute our oceans.
What is the problem?
Like all plastics, the plastic used in straws contains additives that are harmful to the environment and human health. Whilst floating in the water or buried in the ground for years on end, the straw releases the toxins it contains and thereby contaminates the surrounding environment.
Straws are by design very thin and light and therefore pose a dangerous threat to animals, in particular marine animals. Do you remember the video of the turtle with the straw stuck up its nose?
What is the answer?
The solution is very simple.
Stop using drinking straws. We are all able to drink without a straw 🙂
- And for those occasions when you would like to use a straw, there are very good reusable options such as metal drinking straws.
We wish you a happy International Straw-free Day, the perfect opportunity to say goodbye to plastic straws forever!