Help put a stop to plastic pollution and make the switch to paper

When it comes to being environmentally friendly, it’s the small changes to our everyday lives that can help make a huge difference. Now, that’s not to say it’s the most convenient or easy option. We’re busy people leading busy lives. In fact, remembering to bring your shopping bags to the grocery store is a big enough task. But with little changes having such a positive effect on our environment, it would be ignorant of us not to.

So in honor of Earth Day we’re asking you to choose paper not plastic… straws that is. I know, who would have thought that the plastic tube used to slurp up your iced mocha frap or some other sugary concoction would be the cause of so much environmental damage. 

And you might be thinking, why are we worrying about plastic straws when there’s an enormous amount of waste being dumped into landfills. So let us enlighten you…

In the US alone, an estimated 500 million plastic straws are used every single day. To put that into a visual, if you attached all those straws together they would measure the circumference of the earth two and a half times. Now that’s a lot of straws.

Made from polypropylene, a byproduct of petroleum which is basically the stuff that fuels our cars (gross), they’re non-biodegradable, which means the majority ends up in our oceans. And often mistaken for food, they pose a threat to wildlife and can cause infections, blockages and death.

But the straw-ggle is real, and drinking through them has become a habit. As most drinks are now served with a straw, I bet you’ve never given the one-time-use product a second thoughtand why would you? They’re a way to avoid germs, protect tooth enamel, and some drinks simply demand a straw. Sipping a delicious creamy chocolate milkshake just wouldn’t be the same without one.

So, in the support of getting rid of plastic straws, why not make the switch to paper. Fun and on-trend, paper straws are inexpensive and biodegradable, making them a great replacement. Available in a variety of patterns and colours, they’re not only environmentally friendly, but perfect for everyday use, parties and events.

And let's face it, they’re super cute too.