How do straws get into our oceans? 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 straws 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.
PROBLEM: PLASTIC STRAWS ARE NOT RECYCLABLE
Most plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter. They drop through sorting screens and mix with other materials and are too small to separate, contaminating recycling loads or getting disposed as garbage.
HOW CAN I HELP SAVE OUR OCEAN? Buy and help promote devOceans eco-friendly, reusable and cool Bamboo Straws. Accept and challenge someone else to #Suckresponsibily 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 #Suckresponsibly