The Last Straw...

July 5, 2018

The core idea behind our 1Thing effort is to identify simple things you and I can do during our everyday lives to not gunk up the planet. In the middle of sipping a lucious chocolate shake on a hot summer afternoon, I ran across the following which, frankly, made me feel a little bit guilty. No, it wasn't the calories in the shake. It was, of all things, the straw...

Turns out that Americans go through half a billion (yup, that's billion with a "B") plastic drinking straws every day. I know, crazy, right? But here's the kicker. Those plastic straws are extremely difficult to recycle. Most just find their way into land fills, or worse, our oceans. In fact, plastic straws just missed the Top 10 list of types of trash found in the ocean, coming in at number 11. 

And if all that wasn't enough to make you think twice, plastic straws take forever to decompose... 200 years or so. Not good. Not good at all. You've probably already seen what the impact of junk in the oceans can have on wildlife. An estimated one million seabirds and 100,000 marine anuimals die from ingesting plastic. So... What can we do?

Enter the stainless steel straw! Until you go looking, you'd never know about them, but a quick run through Amazon yields over 8,000 results for stainless steel straws! There's no shortage of ways to completely, and sanitarily, remove plastic straws from your life forever. There's colors, styles and kits to fit whatever your family's needs are. (Make sure you get one that comes with the little cleaning brush.) You can start to do your part for under five bucks! There are glass and silicone straw options too, so by all means suit yourself. 

So there you go. A cheap, virtually painless way to help degunk the planet. Pick up a set of stainless steel straws and the next time you're placing an order for something liquid and refreshing, ask 'em to hold the straw.