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Plastic Straws And why they suck

Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year, and straws only make up 0.025% of that.

So what's all the fuss about? Why should we ditch the plastic straws?

For most people, the straw is something you can easily do without.

Getting rid of plastic straws from your life is such an easy step to take and makes almost no difference to your daily habits!

And what's more, plastic straws are quite small and look a lot like food, to fish and birds!

It is estimated that more than 1 million seabirds die every year after choking on a plastic straw that they mistook for food.

Drinking Straws were invented 5,000 years ago, but they only became plastic as recent as the1960's

Previously they were made from paper, metal and plants.

Still love to use a straw?

Or you can get a funky reusable straw which is yours for life!

Like this bamboo one or you can get metal ones too!

Want to do more?

Write to your teachers and principal to ask for the school to become plastic straw free!

Ban milk boxes & juice boxes with straws and any other straws in your school canteen and bought lunches.

and get your friends to write one too!

You can make a big difference by using your voice!

Molly made it happen, so can you!

Credits:

Created with images by Jasmin Sessler - "Collected plastic during Community Cleanup at the local shoreline and harbourfront of Hamilton in Spring. Plastic is sorted by colour." • Q.U.I - "Coffee" • Piotr Chrobot - "Orange juice" • Jeremy Bishop - "untitled image" • Giorgio Trovato - "untitled image" • Alexander Mils - "Melon Juice" • Célina Rohrbach - "An iced coffee is my favourite drink in summer." • Artem Beliaikin - "Raspberry lemonade on a wooden table" • Andrei Ciobanu - "Conscience" • Timon Studler - "untitled image"