The Plastic Problem
Going into many places nowadays, plastic straws are nowhere in sight. Plastic straws are slowly becoming banned everywhere. As they should be. Plastic is toxic to animals and people. Plastic is not biodegradable, and it take hundreds of years to break down into smaller plastic particles. Not to mention that plastic straws are harmful specifically to the ocean and marine life. In recent news it said, “Every piece of plastic that is being used and consumed, it sheds tiny chemicals, and they go into your body and into your food.” The plastic harms the animals in the ocean and it has only gotten worse because now the ocean isn’t just clear blue water anymore. The ocean is filled with plastic straws which shouldn’t be there.
Plastic being banned is a good step in the right direction to help the damage done to the ocean and marine life. A scuba diver once went snorkeling at a dive site in Australia, and she found 319 straws on a single 20-minute snorkel. She then went back 24 hours later, and found 294 more straws in the exact same place. However, the plastic problem is being handled. Since many food places have banned plastic, they offer the option for paper, meat, hay and metal straws. However, not everyone is on board with the plastic ban. Lots of places still give out food in plastic containers and that’s okay.
The entire world doesn’t need to be anti-plastic, because not all of us can be. The more people who go plastic free, the better. But it’s not something all of us can do. The only thing we can hope to change is the way large corporations use plastic. If big companies like Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Nestle, found a better alternative, then maybe the use of plastic can be reduced. While we can’t do anything about that as consumers, we can use our voices, as people. Most big restaurants have already transferred from paper or other forms of straws from plastic straws. That is a great step in the right direction, but we need to try harder as a community. Avoid plastic as much as possible, especially plastic straws. Use another alternative like metal straws which are reusable and sufficient. Explain to other plastic users as to why we should try to save the ocean. Help clean up the local beaches. Be a solution to the plastic problem.