Plastic straws create a major environmental problem when they enter the earth’s ecosystems. The US alone uses 500 million straws each day, enough to circle the earth 2.5 times. Each year 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic. In the U.S. alone, 40 billion plastic utensils and 182 billion straws are used every year. Plastic utensils and straws can often be mistaken for food by animals in the wild and have fatal consequences if ingested. A reusable spork and straw made from recycled and sustainable materials can greatly reduce your plastic utensil waste when purchasing food and drink on the go.
SAY NO! TO PLASTIC.
Opt for easy, eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws!
When ordering drinks, ask for no straw, to send a message to the sellers that plastic straws are not in demand. Notify business owners about compostable straws, which serve the same function as a plastic straw but do not have a tremendous environmental impact. A good quality reusable straw can be purchased for a couple dollars, and often come with a cleaning tool for ease of use. Plastic utensils are not only harmful for the environment, but they also have a large carbon footprint, as it takes large amounts of energy to produce them at scale.
- When ordering a drink, say “no straw please!”, or purchase a reusable straw.
- A reuasable spork can be purchased and kept in a small bag or purse.
BUY REUSABLE GROCERY AND PRODUCE BAGS
Americans dispose of 100 million plastic bags per year, only 1% of which are recycled.
Opt for easy, eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bags!
Each individual can prevent the waste of 300 plastic bags per year by purchasing sustainable and environmentally friendly grocery and produce bags, such as reusable cotton bags. Say NO! to the unnecessary use of plastic bags when purchasing items that can easily be carried on the person.
- Reuasble grocery bags can be purchased for a very affordable price!
- When buying produce, ditch the plastic bag and bring your own reusable produce bags.
Plastic straws, utensils & bags are easily produced and are extremely hard to recycle, leaving ecosystems covered in blankets of plastic.