Did you know that the average American uses about 1.6 non-recyclable plastic straws per day? In total, Americans send about 125 school buses full of plastic straws to landfills every single day – many of those flimsy plastic straws end up being washed into our oceans and waterways, affecting marine life and the health of our water systems.
Those statistics are horrifying. Especially when you factor in that for the most part, straws are pretty unnecessary. Yes, iced coffee can be enjoyed without sipping through a straw (and ps, there are reusable alternatives if you do like the sipping experience).
We’ve become accustomed to grabbing a plastic straw at our local cafes, picking up that straw your waiter throws down on the table to sip your glass of water with, stirring our cocktails with those teeny tiny plastic stirrers that are almost impossible to get a sip out of – yes, choosing to drink from a straw is a conscious choice, but the act has become so second nature as single-use plastic straws are embedded into our eating and drinking culture.
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