Save the sea turtles: ditch plastic straws and single-use plastic bags!
Updated: Apr 3, 2019
In the US alone, about 500 million plastic straws are used daily. Aside from clogging landfills, millions of plastic straws are sneaking their way into marine environments as well. After littered or discarded and blown into the ocean, plastic straws break down into "microplastics" due to their inability to biodegrade or dissolve. These microplastics then go on to pollute oceans and harm marine life.
According to a 2015 University of Queensland study published in Global Change Biology, about 52% of all sea turtles have eaten plastic debris. And although plastic straws are by no means the only evil source of plastic threatening marine life, they are one of the easiest items to eliminate from day-to-day life. By opting to ditch a straw for a day or to invest in a set of reusable metal straws, YOU can help save marine life!