“Americans alone use an estimated 500 million straws every day, well above one daily for each of the country’s nearly 320 million residents”
In terms of single use, disposable plastics, straws may be the easiest to refuse. Everybody that I know is capable of drinking out of a glass without a straw. Though the history of using a tube to drink dates back to Mesopotamia, the current, polypropylene straws boomed in the 1900’s because of a number of disease scares, and continues today because of mere convenience. Making straws uses resources, energy, oil, etc, and also presents a significant threat to wildlife.
“End to end straws used daily in the United States could circle the planet more than two and a half times.”
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