Plastic straws have been at the forefront of controversy lately, as shocking photos of plastic-filled oceans and injured turtles wash ashore on social media. While many companies within the food and beverage industry have started to use plastic straw alternatives, the world is still a far stretch from being free of these overly-used plastic utensils that are destroying our marine life. Fortunately, there are many ways you can make a difference and here’s why you’ll want to do just that.
Plastic Straws are Killing Our Oceans
The ocean is a sacred place. It’s full of the most beautiful species on this planet, absolutely astonishing sites and as of a recently, shorelines of plastic and worse, marine life carcasses. Plastic is destroying our oceans and everything in it.
While all types of plastic products are no good for this world, plastic straws are one of the top polluters on beaches and due to their small size, they’re exceptionally harmful to animals. Certainly, we’ve all seen the viral video of the turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose. If not, it’s time to Google it because that is a prime example of what animals are experiencing as a result of our need for convenience.
That’s also not to mention that straws are in no way, shape or form a “necessity”. There are various types of plastic straw alternatives, all of which can help protect our oceans and the wonders within it.
Plastic is Destroying the Land We Live On
We wish we could tell you the damage of plastic straws end in the ocean, but it doesn’t. Landfills are just as full of plastic products as the ocean – so much so that they have resulted to dumping the excess plastic in the ocean. The good news is that by reducing your plastic usage as a collective, you can create a cycle that protects both land and the oceans.
It isn’t just about the animals in the ocean. Plastic straws and other plastic items contain harmful chemicals that leak into the ground and water streams. And you guessed it – the damage doesn’t just stay there. Instead, it goes into the water we swim in, the water we drink, the soil we grow food in. The animals we eat also eat the vegetation and drink the water which then gets into our system. In other words, we are all ingesting plastic and all the chemicals in it on a regularly basis, animals included.
Using Plastic Straw Alternatives to Save the World – and Yourself
Now that you know why plastic products are so harmful, it’s time to discover the various alternatives to plastic straws. Take a look at some of our favourites:
Reusable Stainless Steel Straws for your Home
Reusable stainless steel straws are a must for every household. They’re the type of plastic straw alternative that you’ll want to keep on hand, perhaps even in your purse, for times when you’re ordering fast food or take-out from a restaurant that has yet to eliminate the use of disposable straws.
Reusable Stainless Steel Straws for Travel
This travel case of reusable straws comes with 2 straws – one curved; one straight, and a cleaning brush so you can clean them out as you’re out on the go. Once you’re home, toss them in a dishwasher if you choose. Then, throw them back in their travel case and your purse for your next venture.
A Reusable Steel Straw for You
Perhaps you’re a one-man or one-woman show and don’t need a set of reusable straws to carry around. Not a problem! You can purchase our reusable stainless steel straws individually, and if you want to add on a straw cleaning brush, you can do that as well.
A Reusable Cocktail Straw to Replace Plastic Spoons and Plastic Straws
While plastic straws are definitely one of the more significant problems in this world, plastic utensils aren't too far behind. So, it can seem counterproductive to purchase reusable straws if you are still forced to use plastic utensils to stir your drink first. So, here at Lets Go Natureal, we’ve taken care of that dilemma with our reusable Cocktail Straw. It’s a straw and spoon in one, making it perfect for stirring and sipping, sans any plastic.
A Reusable Tea Straw that Sieves
If you’re someone who likes enjoying a delicious cup of tea through a straw (keeps your teeth white!), you need a steel straw that sieves – and that’s precisely what our tea straw does. It’s crafted with premium quality stainless steel and is designed first drinking, sieving and stirring everything from Mate tea to Yerba tea, Green Teas, Herbal teas and Loose teas.
With disturbing photos of a plastic-filled ocean shoreline being shared across social media, chances are you’re starting to think about your usage of plastic. With our collection of steel straws, finding alternatives to plastic straws has never been easier. Shop Lets Go Natureal today and reduce your carbon footprint drastically while also saving the world, one sip at a time.