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In the U.S. alone, one estimate suggests 500 million straws are used every single day [1]

In the U.K, we are estimated to use 42 billion straws a year – this figure has been checked with the UKs impartial fact checker website[2], there is much debate about how accurate this figure is. However, even if these numbers are one tenth of what they read above, it is a scary statistic.

As we have seen on TV (mostly David Attenbourgh shows) listened to on the radio and read about in the papers, the world is struggling to cope with plastic pollution. Personally, I know I still have a bunch of plastic straws in the cupboard from a long, long time ago. I am not going to through them out, I am looking at better ways to use them. Or use them for what they are and reuse them – even better! If anyone has any ideas, let me know in the comments.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

“Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment. These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life.

So today I am taking action to turn the tide on plastic pollution, and ensure we leave our environment in a better state for future generations.”

Straws may seem small, but they are a step towards eradicating non-essential SUP’s (single use plastics).

One small step for man, one big leap for a cleaner planet.


[1] https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment-and-conservation/2018/07/brief-history-how-plastic-straws-took-over-world

[2] https://fullfact.org/environment/how-many-plastic-straws/

[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gove-takes-action-to-ban-plastic-straws-stirrers-and-cotton-buds