we all need to play our part.
When it comes to switching to eco-friendly straws, paper straws are most likely to come to mind. If everyone reduced the amount of single-use plastic straws they were using and began to use paper straws, it would be extremely beneficial for the environment.
Every year at least 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean; this is similar to emptying a bin lorry of plastic into the ocean each minute. It takes thousands of years for plastic to decompose but in the meantime, it contaminates soil and water; harming both humans and animals. Plastic waste is a nightmare for many animal species as items such as plastic straws choke wildlife and block animals’ stomachs.
As paper straws are biodegradable, they don't take long to decompose. If they end up in the ocean, they will begin to break down within three days. Alternatively, if they end up in landfill, they will decompose back into the earth within 2 to 6 weeks as opposed to plastic straws, which can last up to 200 years.
Although many disposable straws are made from recyclable materials, they are often too difficult to recycle. This is due to the fact that they are extremely lightweight and will usually drop through the sorting screens in recycling sorters, resulting in them ending up in landfills. In fact, it is highly likely that every straw you have ever used still exists in the environment somewhere.
"According to data retrieved from the UN Comtrade platform, Japan shipped almost 926,000 tons abroad in the previous year. If the waste was anything like that shipped back from Malaysia this week, that would equal 18,500 shipping containers. The U.S. clocked in more than 811,000 tons, or 16,200 containers, while Germany was responsible for 701,000 tons, or 14,000 containers." - Katharina Buchholz at statista.com