Plastic straw is a project of plastic pollution.
Why focus on plastic straws? We already know that plastic bags, soda can ring and anything made of plastics are never good for the environment and end up in the ocean. Plastic straws just like any other plastic material can stay present in land fill for 100 or more years.
In America more than 500 million plastic straws are used daily and most of them end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing aquatic life. By the year 2050 it is projected that there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish. These straws become available and end up in oceans through human error, when littered or blown out of trash cans, often left on beaches in coastal areas and seaside resorts globally, it is estimated that 71% of sea birds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When plastics makes its way to the ocean, it breaks down into smaller pieces known as “micro-plastics” rather than biodegrading or dissolving which poses great threats to marine life including fish.
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How can we achieve a plastic straw free world? We want to encourage people by challenging them to stop using or sucking plastic straws. When ordering a drink, develop habit of politely asking for no straw before you even order a beverage and be ready to tell whoever will serve you why. Also, encourage families and friends to do so. This way we will help fight against plastic straws and reduce its use. If we all take a pledge to refuse single-use of plastic straws, we will see significant decrease in the quantity of straws found during cleanups along the coasts. If we continue with this initiative to spread message and educate individuals to refuse plastic straws, collective engagement around the gateway issue of plastic straws will meaningfully shift the individuals and businesses thinking about plastic pollution and about our society’s disposable culture on larger scale.
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During the 2018 Commonwealth of Nations meeting held in United Kingdom, The UK’s prime minister Theresa May, announced the new ban of plastics in the country including plastic straws to be effective as early as next year, speaking during the meeting, she noted that plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges the country is facing. I am also hopeful that in one of this days, Kenya will lift a ban from plastic carrier bags to all kinds of plastic materials to save the country from plastic pollution menace.
Say no to plastic straws!