WONDERING WHAT ALL THE HYPE IS ABOUT PLASTIC STRAWS?
Plastic straws are ruining our oceans. We use over 500 million every day in America, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. We want to encourage people to stop using plastic straws for good. If we don’t act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
HOW DO PLASTIC STRAWS GET INTO OUR OCEAN? Plastic straws end up in the ocean primarily through human error, often 1) left on beaches in coastal communities and seaside resorts globally 2) littered OR 3) blown out of trash cans (oftentimes overfilled) or transport boats and vehicles.
While some city's waste management infrastructure is sound (like Seattle, for instance), not all communities have the same level of accountability.
Remember, all gutters and storm drains lead to our ocean!
Once thy are in our oceans, An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. What would our oceans be without marine life?
(source: Communication with Chris Wilcox, CSIRO, primary and contributing author to both studies cited)
What’s equally as bad, perhaps even worse is that when plastic does make it into the ocean it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces known as “microplastics” rather than biodegrading or dissolving, which poses great threats to marine life including fish.
HOW CAN I HELP SAVE OUR OCEAN?Accept and challenge someone else to #StopSucking as part of our viral social media challenge! Take it one step further and get your favorite bar, restaurant, or coffee shop to #StopSucking
At the very least say “No PLASTIC straw, please!” Get in the habit of asking for no straw before you even order a beverage. And be ready to tell your server why.
PURCHASE REUSABLE, ECO-FRIENDLY Bamboo Straw kits from devOcean. Carry them with you and give as gifts - help spread the word and get your family and friends to #stopsucking