The Effects of Single Use Plastic Straws and How Using Reusable Straws Helps the Environment

Colorful Single Use Plastic Straws

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
Share on twitter
Share on email

The Effects of Single-Use Plastic Straws and Their Effects on our Environment

 

To Start out here are some Cold Hard Facts about Single-Use Plastic Straws

  • Plastic straws are almost always used once for about 15 minutes before being disposed of.
  • Single-Use Plastic straws are, lightweight, made from Polypropylene, a material that isn’t easily recycled and degrades slowly.
  • Plastic straws have become something of the poster child of this environmental problem. (alongside reusable plastic bags).
  • Every year we go through a staggering 25.3 billion single-use plastic straws in Europe. And in the US we use 500 million single-use plastic straws a day.
  • Where does all this plastic go? A leading scientific study notes that of the 8.3 billion metrics tons of plastic ever produced only 9% has been recycled
  • What happened to the rest? 12% is incinerated. The majority at 79% ends up in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.
  • A massive 8 million tons of plastic (straws and more) enters our oceans each year
  • Major rivers around the world carry an estimated 1.15 – 2.41 million tons of plastic into the sea every year.
  • By the Year 2050, the amount of Single-Use Plastic Waste in the world’s oceans could out number the amount of fish.
  • Marine debris, three-quarters of which is plastic, is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and costing economies millions.

Are Plastic Straws Biodegradable?

Unfortunately for the environment single-use plastic straws do not naturally biodegrade and decay in a harmful way. This is a key factor affecting the environmental impact of plastic straws on marine life and our oceans. They do however degrade over time. Which means plastic straws break down into smaller particles. The resulting particles are named microplastics.

Plastic Straws degrade slowly. In fact they can take up to 200 years to breakdown.  Microplastics never leave our oceans.  They are very small pieces making them almost impossible to clean up.

Microplastics
Microplastics Found in our oceans.  Photo Credit Oregon State University on Flick by SA 2.0

Now Imagine this, You arrive at the beach for a day in the sun and surf and having to wade thru massive amounts of Single-Use Plastic Waste.

In many countries today this is a Normal Occurrence.

Plastic Waste on beach
Plastic Waste Washed up on Beach Photo Credit: Adege on Pixabay

Does Plastic Waste harm Marine Life

The answer is Yes.  The University of Georgia, collected 96 baby turtles from beaches around Florida. Published Findings noted that all of the turtles in the study had ingested plastic. Sadly around half of the turtles died. The team suspects that cause of death was a result of the plastic in their systems.

What Can You Do To Reduce The Impact of Single-Use Plastic Straws?

Is there an answer? The Marine Conservation Society notes that the best solution to mitigate the environmental impact of plastic straws is preventing them from even entering our Oceans. Simple and clear.

You can Start By Taking Action

Each of us can make a difference every day.

  • SAY NO! to Single Use Plastic Straws.
  • Chose to use Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Plastic Straws and other Single Use Plastics.
  • You can ask for Non-Plastic Straws when eating out.
  • Why Not Buy a Set of Reusable Stainless Steel Straws Here. Go to the RURALOSITY Store while your here and Buy a Set today.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get updates and learn from the best

More To Explore

Rural Straws Lifestyles-5
Uncategorized

Then Benefits of Reusable Straws

Reducing Single Use Plastics the “Ruralosity Way” The Benefits of Reusable Straws: Plastic straws have quickly become a symbolic representation of the world’s unnecessary reliance

More Thoughts On This Article

98 thoughts on “The Effects of Single Use Plastic Straws and How Using Reusable Straws Helps the Environment”

  1. Simply want to say your article is as astounding. The clearness in your put up
    is just cool and i could suppose you are
    knowledgeable in this subject. Fine along with your permission let me to snatch
    your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post.

    Thanks a million and please continue the gratifying
    work.

  2. Hello There. I found your blog the usage of msn. This is an extremely smartly written article.
    I’ll be sure to bookmark it and come back to learn more of your helpful info.
    Thank you for the post. I will certainly return.

  3. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add
    to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter
    updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have
    some experience with something like this. Please let me know
    if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  4. Greate article. Keep posting such kind of info on your site.

    Im really impressed by your blog.
    Hey there, You have performed an incredible job.
    I’ll definitely digg it and individually recommend to my friends.
    I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this site.

  5. Cilt lekeleri, çeşitli faktörlere bağlı olarak ortaya çıkabilir.

    genelde akne sonrası yahut korunmasız güneşlenme sonrası,
    leke görülebilir. Leke oluşumu çabuk olsa da basit basit geçmez ve ciltte kötü bir görüntü oluşturabilir.
    En iyi Leke kremi kullanılarak, lekelere veda edilebilir.

    leke kremleri günde iki defa, gündüzleri güneş koruyucu ile birlikte kullanılmalıdır.

    En İyi Leke Kremi

    En iyi Leke kremi çeşitleri, lekenin yapısına ve türüne nazaran değişkenlik gösterir.
    Farklı içeriğidir. Akne lekeleri için nicamide içerikli ürünler tercih edilir.

    hem de cildi soyucu tesiri olan, hafifçe asit içerikli kremler de sivilce lekelerine iyi gelir..

    Hc markasının gözde ürünlerinden tedavisinde oldukça etkili bir tedavi yöntemidir.
    Hekimin seçeceği bir peeeling solüsyonu tüm yüze uygulanır.
    Bu yöntemle leke tedavi olurken aynı zamanda cilt yenilenmiş ve tazelenmiş olur.
    Yani kimyasal peeling yöntemi ile leke tedavi edilirken cilt gençleştirme işlemi de yapılmış olur.

    Uygulandığı bölgede yeniden yapılanma sürecini
    başlattığı için pigment hücrelerinin çok bulunduğu lekeli alanlarda da
    yeniden yapılanmayı tetikler ve o bölgede kümelenmiş
    pigment hücrelerini eşitler. Böylece altıniğne lazer ile lekeler tedavi olurken tüm ciltte cilt tonu
    eşitsizlikleri de düzelir.

    HC Pigment-Control’ün cilt lekelerine karşı hızlı ve güçlü etkisi, Kuzey Kanada
    Bozkırları’na özgü bir tarla bitkisi olan Rumeks’ten (Tyrostat™),
    tabiatın yeniden canlandırma mucizesi olan Yeniden Diriliş Bitkisi’ne kadar
    birçok doğal ve saf aktif bileşene dayalıdır.

    Tüm bu aktif bileşenlerin, lekeler ve cilt yaşlanması
    üzerindeki etkileri in-vivo testler ve klinik laboratuvar çalışmalarıyla kanıtlanmıştır.
    Tüm cilt tiplerinde, leke problemlerini giderme ve önlemede,
    cilt tonu eşitsizliğinde, cilt aydınlatmasında, nem ihtiyacı olan ciltlerde güvenle kullanılabilir.

    Leke Kremi

  6. I visited several blogs except the audio
    quality for audio songs existing at this web site is actually fabulous.

  7. I have been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any
    interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content
    as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

  8. Cilt lekeleri, cilt tonu farklılıkları leke kremi gibi cildinizde oluşan herhangi bir leke için
    Hccare leke kremini deneyebilirsiniz iddalı bir marka
    olan bu firmanın tüm ürünleri güvenilir olduğu
    gibi leke kremi de güvenlidir.
    Leke kremi ; https://rebrand.ly/lekekremi

  9. Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Thank you

  10. Wonderful goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to
    and you are just too great. I actually like what you’ve acquired here,
    certainly like what you’re stating and the way in which you
    say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care
    of to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read much more from you.
    This is really a tremendous website.

  11. HC Pigment-Control’ün cilt lekelerine karşı hızlı ve güçlü etkisi, Kuzey
    Kanada Bozkırları’na özgü bir tarla bitkisi olan Rumeks’ten (Tyrostat™), tabiatın yeniden canlandırma mucizesi olan Yeniden Diriliş Bitkisi’ne kadar birçok doğal ve saf aktif
    bileşene dayalıdır. Tüm bu aktif bileşenlerin, lekeler ve cilt yaşlanması üzerindeki etkileri in-vivo testler ve
    klinik laboratuvar çalışmalarıyla kanıtlanmıştır leke kremi için hemen sitemizi
    ziyaret edebilirsiniz

  12. I’m curious to find out what blog system you have been using?
    I’m experiencing some minor security problems with
    my latest website and I would like to find something more secure.
    Do you have any solutions?

  13. First of all I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick question in which
    I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out
    how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my
    ideas out there. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any
    recommendations or tips? Kudos!

  14. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to
    my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like
    this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward
    to your new updates.

  15. Thank you for another informative website. The place else may I get that
    kind of info written in such a perfect means? I’ve
    a mission that I am simply now running on, and I’ve been on the glance out for
    such information.

  16. Admiring the commitment you put into your website and in depth information you provide.

    It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that
    isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information. Fantastic read!
    I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds
    to my Google account.

  17. You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I to find this topic to be actually something which I
    believe I might by no means understand. It kind of feels
    too complicated and very vast for me. I am looking ahead for your next submit, I
    will try to get the hang of it!

  18. I am grateful to you for this beautiful content. I have included the content in my favorites list and will always wait for your new blog posts.

  19. Türkiye de bir çok kullanıcının istemekte olduğu
    üstelik Türkiyenin heryerinde yoğun bir ilginin söz hususu bulunduğu hizmetlerdendir.

    Instagram platformlarına ilginin yükselmesi ile beraber
    İnstagram da en mühim seçeneklerden biri durumuna gelmiştir.

    Bu bağlamda takipçi miktarını yükselterek tesir oranını çoğaltmak isteyen pek çok şahıs bulunmaktadır.

    Sizde Türkiye de ki bu ünlü olan yada olmak isteyen kişiler gibi hemen instagram takipçi satın al
    diye google de arayarak
    takip2018 den takipçi alabilirsiniz

    .

  20. Takipçi Satın Alma Hizmetlerinden Instagram için Takipçi
    Satın Al

    İnstagram’da bir hesabın takipçi adedi, ve o hesabın takipçi sayısı sizi müşterilerinize
    daha iyi tanıtmış olmaktadır, ve bu prestije sahip olmak isteyen iş sahipleri
    ilk olarak takipçi satın almaktadır. Fazla takipçi
    adedi olan hesaplar, daha çok ilgi çeker ve daha çok
    şahsa ulaşırlar.
    Firma, müşterilerin değişik taleplerine yanıt sunabilcek adına değişik takipçi paketleriyle hizmet veriyor Takipçi satın al için herkesin bütçesine uyacak paketler sunuyor.

    En güvenilir şekilde ödemenizi gerçekleştirebiliyorsunuz.

    .

  21. İnstagram hesapları aynı vakitte mühim gelir elde etmek için iyi bir fırsattır.

    Genellikle reklam gelirleri çoğu hesap sahibi amacıyla ek gelir oluşturmaktadır.

    Eğer hesaplarınızda reklam almak ya da durumuna dönüştürmek
    türk gerçek kişilerden meydana gelen aktif takipçiler almalısınız.

    Aksi halde hiç bir şekilde etkileşim alamaz profiliniz çok
    kötü durum olur.
    Bu sebepten hemen gerçek takipçi satın al sitemizden hemen faydalanın

  22. Valuable info. Lucky me I discovered your website by chance, and I am surprised why this
    twist of fate didn’t took place in advance! I bookmarked it.

  23. Your style is so unique compared to other people I have read stuff from.
    I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just
    bookmark this page.

  24. Hi there. I discovered your blog via Google whilst looking for a similar subject, your website came up. It seems to be good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to visit then. Lebbie Traver Pease

  25. Hey there. I discovered your site by way of Google even as looking for a similar topic, your site came up. It seems great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to visit then. Ardelia Otes Jair

  26. Pretty component of content. I simply stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to say that I get in fact loved account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing in your feeds or even I success you get admission to consistently fast. Kathlin Hendrick Guimar

  27. Curabitur sit amet mauris. Morbi in dui quis est pulvinar ullamcorper. Nulla facilisi. Integer lacinia sollicitudin massa. Cras metus. Jennine Hadley Sheelagh

  28. Hello. This post was extremely remarkable, particularly because I was browsing for thoughts on this topic last Wednesday. Yoshiko Cletis McDowell

  29. Everything is very open with a clear description of the challenges. It was truly informative. Your website is very helpful. Thanks for sharing! Correy Robb Magnuson

  30. People turn out to be far more alluring as opposed to ahead of. Besides that, the actual pockets needs to have choose maintaining the entire body hot, especially in certain freezing countries, when bitterly freezing the winter season can provide a great deal problem into the community people.. Maxi Ransom Ulberto

  31. You have made some really good points there. I looked on the net for additional information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website. Freddy Joshia Weylin

  32. Your style is very unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this blog. Janeczka Geoffry Mikol

  33. I used to shave my pussy cause guys will love it that way and my ex boyfriend will love it too but then obviously broke up with him and started to let my hair grow and I love it, thats me and I met this guy now his my boyfriend and he loves my hairy pussy it turns him on, his a true men he said he loves the way I am. I learned that I gotta love myself no matter what and love my hairy pussy! Love it when he pulls it and eats me out. Rheta Jozef Agustin

  34. Solitary confinement has been age old practice in various countries. This is to cause breakdown of the victim. Man is a social animal and in a group he can withstand many hardships but no so when he is single. there is no solace for him and he can not draw inspiration from others undergoing hardships. During World War II nazi Germany widely used the method in their concentration camps such as Auschwitz, dacahu! Sobibor, camps and many others. The. Cells were 2 ft x 2 ft that was just enough for a man or woman to just stand with straightening her limbs and there is no scope even for sitting. These cells are still preserved in these camps as exhibits. The Jews from various countries under occupation apart from Germany were thus tortured in such cells and many succumbed. At any cost this is not. A accepted way of punishment in any country. In most of the nations prisoners may be confined singly in sufficiently large rooms with light and air and of course without Any interaction with others. Morgana Ambros Iveson

  35. Relativeren is de kunst van het accepteren van de tijdelijkheid van zaken. Je kunt momenteel geen vrolijke blogonderwerpen verzinnen: so be it. Vecht er niet tegen, want dat maakt het alleen maar moeilijker. Schrijf maar lekker nog wat doemblogs; op enig moment ben je je eigen geneuzel zat en komen er vanzelf weer vrolijke onderwerpen voorbij. En had je zonder dit blog de biowoltips gekregen? Of geweten wat solastalgia was? Ik niet. Dank. Leyla Nathanael Lowry

  36. Nie wiecznie viagry obserwowalna choroba somatyczna funkcjonujaca w nadzwyczaj ozywiony podejscie na maszynerie fizjologiczne wzwodu moze wytwarzac spolegliwe tarapaty z erekcja wsrod wielu teraz mieszkajacych mezczyzn. Wykorzystujac z upichconych przez nas grupa gratisowych konsultacji w owym rozmiarze masz prawdopodobienstwo energicznego wyzbycia sie pewnych zwolnien w Twoich apteka internetowa historiach plciowych. Wyprobujze jako energiczne procedury Owi proponujemy. Evania Cornelius Clift

  37. Hi Dear, are you genuinely visiting this web page daily, if so then you will without doubt take pleasant experience.| Evangelia Krishna Ellison

  38. Do you think you would use honey or maple syrup as a sweetener and if so how much? And how about coconut oil or avocado oil? Are those neutral? I love morning glory muffins. The cake idea is smart. Thanks! Shaina Titus Cadmann

  39. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I am very glad to see such magnificent information being shared freely out there. Ailsun Archambault Kenzi

  40. Having read this I believed it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile! Daffie North Marie-Jeanne

  41. With the multiplayer slot, the more you bet, the greater your chance at winningprosperousprofitingwooingreceivingobtaining victory inback againmemorable. Lianna Nolan Mueller

  42. These are some great ideas! I love where I live and exploring the area. I live in a tiny rural town so most things to do are outside. Love visiting the nearby cities though. Tonya Truman Norford

  43. Post writing is also a excitement, if you be familiar with after that you can write if not it is complicated to write.| Dotti Isidor Bebe

  44. Excellent blog here! Also your website loads up fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol Jacquelin Winny September

  45. I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one today.. Valaree Parry Dominus

  46. Why viewers still make use of to read news papers when in this technological world all is accessible on net?| Catriona Towny Joey

  47. In publishing and graphic design, lorem ipsum is a filler text or greeking commonly used to demonstrate the textual elements of a graphic document or visual presentation. Replacing meaningful content with placeholder text allows designers to design the form of the content before the content itself has been produced. Lorrayne Hashim Bullen

  48. Hiya, I am really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and net stuff and this is actually irritating. A good blog with interesting content, that is what I need. Thank you for making this site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email? Danika Dru Agrippina

  49. Nice blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol Loella Guido Dulcy

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.