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By now, you probably know that plastic sucks. It’s bad for the environment and it’s bad for animals. (Yes, that means us too. We kill the planet, we die.)
Don’t believe me? Check out this sea turtle getting a straw removed from its nose. No, seriously. Watch the whole thing.
If that didn’t make you cringe, you might be dead inside.
Every time you go to a restaurant, they give you a plastic straw with your drink, even if all you’re drinking is water. If you ate out just once per week, you’re still using up 52 plastic straws per year by yourself. If just one of those gets out into the ocean, it can still have some deadly consequences.
Even when plastic doesn’t outright hurt animals, it still gets broken down and eventually ingested – even by us.1 If it doesn’t end up in the animals, it still ends up in sea salt or even tap water. Even if the immediate effects aren’t seen just yet, it’s certainly not a good idea to have plastic wind up just about everywhere, and almost definitely a terrible *terrible* idea to drink it.
Now, it doesn’t have to be this way. Right now, the Wildlife Conservation Society is trying to pass a bill in New York City to ban single-use straws in restaurants. In addition, they’re also giving away free reusable straws. All you need to do is head to giveasip.nyc, fill out the form, and your straw will be headed your way.
There’s a limit of one straw per household, but if you prefer to have a full set, you can buy a 12-pack of either stainless steel or reusable silicone straws for $8.99 – and if you buy them through this link, you also help support the site (and our end goal of creating a company to sell / manufacture true environmentally friendly packaging, ending the iron (plastic?) grip that plastic has over the food industry, and relegating it for use only in tools and multi-use applications… That’s not the purpose of this post though, so we’ll talk about that some other time)