A strawless ocean is a safe, beautiful and enjoyable ocean. Unfortunately, we are quickly destroying that. So, as self-proclaimed ocean addicts ourselves, we decided to gather the most important statistics regarding oceans and the way plastic straws are destroying them, and why it’s time for everyone to start using plastic straw alternatives. So, raise your cups ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to cheers to ocean health and recyclable straws.
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8 Million Tons of Plastic Ends Up in Our Oceans
While this statistic isn’t specific to plastic straws (we’ll get to that in a moment), it does put things into perspective with regards to your plastic usage. Of the 300 million tons of plastic that get produced each year, 8 million tons of it ends up in our oceans. What’s worse is that 50% of all that plastic is created for single use, such as plastic straws, plastic plates, plastic cutlery, etc. It seems silly not to reduce the 8 million tons of plastic in our oceans to at least 4 million, especially when it requires nothing more than simply using reusable stainless steel straws.
500 Million Single Use Plastic Straws Are Produced Each Day in the United States
If you were to take 500 million straws and line them up, you would have enough to wrap around the earth approximately 2.5 times. Now, add in the fact that that’s how many plastic straws are produced each day – yes, every single day in the United States alone, and there’s no denying that it’s time to retire them.
What’s worse is that almost all plastic straws that people receive from businesses are thrown away, which means they’re furthering plastic pollution as opposed to being recycled.
Over 6 Million Straws Have Been Cleaned Up on Beaches
A new study revealed that approximately 6,236,319 single use plastic straws have been picked up during beach cleanups in the last 25 years. And that’s just straws! Just single plastic straws. Now, you can make a difference and can drastically reduce that number and improve the beaches around the globe right now by getting free stainless steel straws today.
71% of Seabirds Have Been Found with Plastic in Their Stomachs
Unfortunately, the creatures that rely on the ocean take the brunt of our lack of responsibility. Studies have found that roughly 71% of seabirds have been found with plastic in their stomachs, whether it’s plastic straws, plastic shopping bags, plastic tags, you name it. What’s worse is that this is a low estimate and it’s believed that up to 90% of seabirds are suffering from plastic in their stomachs.
100% of Turtles Have Been Found with Plastic in Their Stomachs
Remember that viral video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in it’s nose? Well, that’s only a glimpse at what your plastic straw usage is doing to the ocean and all it’s living things. Studies have shown that 100% of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.
… And that’s not even mentioning the fish; the mammals; the coral and reefs; or lack-of, rather. But the good news is that right now, you can make a difference. At Reusable Straws, we are giving away free stainless steel straws. Yes, for free. But why, you ask? Because it’s estimated that in 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Get your free stainless steel straws today.
We saw this quote online the other day that read, “It’s only one straw,” said 8 billion people. So, before you go through your next drive through or serve up some fruity drinks at your next get-together, pick up some reusable straws. It’s such a simple thing that can make a huge impact on the ocean and it’s living things.
Let’s cheers to saving the ocean today, so our future generations don’t have to learn about it from textbooks.