In the last few months I’ve become hyper aware of how much plastic we unnecessarily use in our day to day lives. Usage that can be avoided with some small adjustments. I have a reusable water bottle and a KeepCup for coffee but there was one plastic culprit that I was oblivious to for so long. And that is the straw.
Plastic straws are EVERYWHERE. These single use plastic items end up in our ocean and landfills where they stay without decomposing. Small and light they can end up lodged in nostrils of turtles (I’ve seen a video of a turtle been rescued from this and the poor thing is in so much pain).
Plastic cutlery and straws, in particular, are a hot topic of late. And a hot topic that I am so happy to see getting more airtime. We are in the midst of an awakening, of sorts, people taking stock of what goes into their bodies and what we leave behind on our planet.
Cafes, restaurants and brands are listening and many are helping to bring about change. By April, Wagamama will ditch their plastic straws and Leon Restaurants in London have declared that they will replace plastic straws with biodegradable paper alternatives at all of its outlets within months.
In the US alone, 500 MILLION straws are used every day. To put this into context, 500 million straws could fill over 127 school buses each day, or more than 46,400 school buses every year! That is a HUGE figure and the sad thing is that straws are items that we simple come to expect in our drinks: our fancy cocktail, our smoothie, our iced latte.
This beautiful gold straw is made by Clean Coast Collective . I now pack it with me everywhere (alongside my Keepcup and S'well Bottle). It’s taking me a little getting used to in terms of remembering to ask for "no straw" as many drinks just automatically come with them, and once they’re in a drink that’s it really. So I’m trying to reprogram myself to ask for NO STRAW when ordering now. Plus, let’s be honest - this gold straw looks way better than a plastic piece of rubbish that is bad for our beautiful earth <3
- For my UK based friends, I have found some amazing reusable straws from Klean Kanteen, which you can see HERE
- You can check out Clean Coast Collective by clicking HERE
Hopefully more cafes and chains will start stocking reusable straws and kickstart more people into ditching plastic.
One simple change really can make a difference. Never think that you are too small to impact the world in a positive way.