On a quest for a better, cleaner, safer planet earth I have been doing a lot of research and reading about #Zerowaste. I attended an the Volvo Ocean Race event in Cardiff a few months ago, and it opened my eyes a little more. Ocean plastic pollutions is a real problem. A problem that doesn’t get talked about as much as it should.
Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. 500 million! To understand just how many straws 500 million really is, this would fill over 125 school buses with straws every day. That’s 46,400 school buses every year! Americans use these disposable utensils at an average rate of 1.6 straws per person per day.average rate of 1.6 straws per person per day. (source nps.gov) and that is just the United States. In the UK we generates around 3.7m tonnes of plastic waste each year — of which around a third is recycled, with the rest going to landfill or incineration.
The amount of plastic which Britons throw away is set rise by a fifth by the end of the next decade – with a 34% rise in crisp packets, 41% more plastic straws and 9% more drinks bottles, according to a study done by WWF earlier this year. I personally, find it shocking that we are not doing more as individuals and as societies to preserve our environment.
But thankfully, more and more companies are making an effort to become more environmentally friendly. Ethical consumerism is on the rise, with more consumers wanting to know the products they bring into their homes are not only produced fairly, but also in a way that they don’t damage the environment.
One of this companies is the Little Straw Company. They make metal straws ready for you to take along with you in a convenient little bag. Their packing is all cardboard and plastic free and their are available on Amazon for an affordable price. (click here)
I take my metal straws with me everywhere, absolutely all the time. This has allowed me to drink fashionably without having to contribute to plastic pollution, and it makes it easier for children to transition into a more environmental mindset when it comes to consumerism. My son now knows that when we go out he can ask for his drinks to be plastic ‘straw free’.
Metal stainless steel straws are dishwasher safe, making them easy to clean and sterilize, also unlike plastic straws, metal straws will not bend or leak. Stainless steel straws are reusable and can last for a long time if you clean them properly. In addition, stainless steel does not leach chemicals – good bye BPA – Plastic products and plastic containers manufactured to store food and beverages, such as water bottles, take-away boxes and straws may contain BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an increasingly common industrial chemical used in the industrial production of certain plastics and resin. Over the years, BPA has been known to increase the risk of health problems, such as reproductive disorders and diabetes.
I definitely recommend using stainless steel or (yet to test) bamboo straws, not only they are better for you but also better for the environment which for me is a win/win!
You can buy The Little Straw Company started set, with cleaning brush and carrier bag on amazon – click here to get yours now!