THE STRAW FACTS
Updated: Jul 2, 2019
Something we take for granted whenever we order that thirst-quenching orange juice or that ice cold latte on a hot sunny day. Imagine having 3 drinks a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year...that's already close to 800 per person per year.
UK : BBC reported that at least 8.5 billion plastic straws were used each year in the fast food industry alone.
US : National Park Service reported that Americans use 500 million straws a day.
AUSTRALIA : ABC News reported 3.5 billion straws a year.
THE PLASTIC TRUTH
And what are these one-time use straws made out of?
The component that is so essential in our lives, yet we struggle with the pollution it has created.
WWF reported that Australia creates up to 3 million tonnes of plastic every year, and up to 130,000 tonnes of that plastic will end up in the ocean as rubbish.
However, did you know that it takes 200 years for plastic straws to break down?
Yet, it is estimated that there are up to 8.3 billion plastic straws that pollute the world's beaches. In an international effort to clean up the coastal lines, Ocean Conservancy reported that plastic straws were among the top 10 items picked up along the beach. In total, they had enough straws to reach the height of 10,000 palm trees.