Two years ago, I was still using those awful single-use straws. I was drinking Starbucks three times a week and each time I would use a new cup. I wouldn’t even bother recycling it. Not because I didn’t want to, but because there are no recycling bins at Starbucks.
I saw a video one time…you know, the one where the turtle has a straw in its nose and there’s blood everywhere? That one. (I’ll link it for those of you who don’t know which video I’m talking about). It’s a terrible video and I cry every time I watch it.
We are doing this. There is no one else to blame. Elephants don’t use straws. Chimps don’t use straws. No other animal uses straws except for us. And the problem isn’t even just the straws. It’s just plastic, Styrofoam, non-recyclable items that are the problem.
I know we all live very busy lives and we are not always aware of home much waste we are creating in a day, but trust me, it’s a lot.
Here are some eye-opening facts that might help you stop the use of plastic.
– Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement and ingestion.
– In the United States, we throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour – about 42,000 per minute, and about 695 per second.
– It takes 500 years for average sized water bottles to fully decompose.
– According to a study done by the University of Georgia, 18 billion pounds of plastic trash winds up in our oceans each year. To put that in perspective, it’s enough trash to cover every foot of coastline around the world with five full trash bags of plastic…compounding every year.
It’s not easy, I know. I am still struggling. I could watch 60 videos on the people who have achieved the zero waste lifestyle and still forget to reject a plastic knife for my bagel at Starbucks.
Hopefully, this blog will help you reach some of your person zero-waste goals. I know I still have a lot to go so this will be a learning experience for both of us.
Until next time,