So it’s time to call for the last plastic straw.
Straws have been around for 100s of years, we can even date their first use back to ancient times when reed straws were used to drink beer. Of course in more recent times it’s their accompaniment to burgers, cocktails, and juices that have led to their rise in popularity.
So much so that there are 500m straws used every day across the United States.
Yet at the same time, we’re fast waking up to the problem of plastic waste. Single-use plastics are washing up on beaches all over the world. There’s even a mass of plastic called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch between California and Hawaii that is about the size of France.
It’s not all the fault of plastic straws of course. However, because these suckers are not readily recycled and blow into the Ocean they’ve become a significant part of the problem.
But, things are changing. Single-use plastic bans are coming up fast, even a total one by the EU in 2021. And as we can now choose paper straws instead, which are becoming less soggy as demand increases, it does indeed look like the end of the road for the plastic straw.
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