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Starbucks leads the way in banning plastic straws

Sitting in the sun, feet up, smoke fills the air as you prepare your barbecue while you sip on your favourite cocktail. But what about the straw ? It is estimated over 500 million plastic straws are used daily in the US alone that’s enough to fill 127 school buses every day. Most of these land up in the ocean, polluting water, killing marine life. If we don’t act now by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Most straws are too light to make it through the mechanical grinders of a recycling machine and end up mixed with other materials contaminating recyclable material.

It is no surprise our oceans and marine life are choking on plastic and we need to stop it now. Our oceans get polluted primarily due to human error, often littered or left on beaches or merely dumped by irresponsible companies and governments. An estimated 70% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with some form of plastic in their stomachs this results in over 50% mortality rate rapidly dwindling our sea and ocean life. Whats worse is the plastic breaks down into microplastics and instead of biodegrading poses a threat to fish as well. Imagine never being able to barbecue or eat another piece of fish. Yet that time is fast approaching if we don’t act now

Canada, Seattle and now many leading food brands are eliminating the use of plastic straws and Starbucks is following suite promising to eliminate the use of straws entirely.

Can restaurants and businesses save money and the environment by serving fewer plastic straws or switching to a reusable straw?

YES THEY CAN! Businesses simply need to state on the menu a straw will be provided on request instead of serving them with every drink. If this is done, they will find 50-90% of their patrons will not ask for a straw. If you picture how many people use a straw at home, you start to wonder why we serve straws at all?

Food distributors around the world are now scrambling to find the biodegradable replacement.

Read the full story here

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/starbucks-vows-ditch-plastic-straws-2020-180969573/

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