WHAT A WASTE!
Straw production is one of the most energy-intensive processes on the planet. 8% of world oil production is used to manufacture plastics.
Like all plastic, straws are made from petroleum – a natural resource that is running out. All that for an object that provides such as oil drilling, shipping, manufacture, and distribution about 10 minutes of use and then becomes trash! Straws create pollution at every stage of their existence: manufacture, use, and disposal.
STRAWS DO NOT BIODEGRADE
Plastic is a man-made substance and not recognized by nature. There is no natural system to absorb it. It is a material that the earth cannot digest!
STRAWS ARE NOT RECYCLED
Plastics are stamped with a resin code (#1 to #7)so that they can be stored for recycling, the most common types #1 to #3 are most commonly recycled and #4 to #7 usually become trash (straws are #5)
SO WHAT HAPPENS TO STRAWS
Some are incinerated: This generates toxic emissions that pollute the atmosphere and contribute to climate change.
Most go to landfills: There they are buried in the ground and leach harmful chemicals into the soil and groundwater.
The rest end up in the ocean: Because straws are tiny, lightweight and buoyant they can travel great distances. They float down rivers and sewers and into the sea. Eventually, they join great garbage patches that choke and poison the food chain.
It is believed that there are over 18,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square kilometer of the ocean. (UNEP 2006)
PLASTIC IS FOREVER
Over time, the sun’s UV rays break plastic down into smaller, more harmful pieces that last 100’s of years. Even then it is still plastic and will be forever in some shape or form.
Every year more than seven million tons of plastic waste are released into our world and are degraded very slowly to microplastic particles. These plastic particles severely cause the food chain and make us ill and other creatures. Animals get tangled in plastic waste and die. There is no possibility to remove plastic waste from the oceans.
AFFECTED THE MOST:
86% of all turtle species are affecting by plastic. (Greenpeace report 2006). A dead turtle found off Hawaii had injected over 1000 individual pieces of plastic.
It is estimated that 1 million sea birds, 100,000 marine mammals, and countless fish are killed by plastic pollution each year. (UNEP)
DID YOU KNOW
– In Australia, it is estimated we used 10 million plastic straws every single day. If you lined these up, end to end, it is the distance from Cairns to Melbourne (about 2,944 km).
– Plastic straws cannot break down, and they cannot biodegrade, meaning that every single plastic straw you have ever used is still on this planet-somewhere.
– More than 500 million straws are sued every single day in the USA alone. This is enough to wrap around planet Earth four times! (Be straw-free org.)
– Harmful chemicals, leached by plastics are present in almost every person’s bloodstream and tissue even newborns.
– Straws are 1 of the top 10 items found in beach cleanups. (During the 2016 international coastal cleanup).
– 60% to 80% of marine debris is plastic. (Greenpeace report 2006)
So, we are all part of the problem, let’s be part of the solution. Reduce, re-use, recycle, Refuse, say no to straws! Please come and join to help the environment by saying NO TO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC!.
“We initiated the campaign “NO TO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC” in all our IRIS FLORETS schools conducting various awareness programs to the students, staff, and parents. We strongly support the phasing out of the use of plastic.”
Less talking – Taking action is the best solution.