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More and more these days, reusable products have been popping up all over the place. It seems like most stores you go to offer reusable items. One of the items I have chosen to focus on is straws! If you are really paying attention to your lifestyle you might know how many straws you use in a week. Or you might not have a clue.
According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, 500,000,000 plastic straws are used in the US everyday. That is an insanely high number for something so unnecessary.
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Make the change to reusable straws
It is true that we prefer to drink out of straws, so why don’t make a small switch to reusable straws? This is something that I have done. I bought a pack of four stainless steel reusable straws and I use them for everything now.
In addition to using the straws at home, I intend to put one in my bag to use when I am out of the house. In a normal week, I do not buy drinks that come with plastic straws. If I have one in my bag though I can use it in rare instances that I do.
Ask for no straw
It is actually not that weird to ask for no straw. If you ask and still get one anyway, then at least you tried. But if you ask and they follow your request, pull out your reusable straw and make a statement. It takes small changes like this for a large scale change to happen. If you can inspire one other person to not use plastic straws, and then they inspire one person also the chain can keep going.
Reusable straws: plastic vs stainless steel
The manufacturing of plastic straws is terrible for the environment.
Reusable plastic straws will deteriorate over time.
Plastic absorbs stains and harmful chemicals.
Stainless steel straws are easier to clean.