Let’s Eliminate Plastic Straws

Plastic straws are bad for the ocean. Globally, over 700 million plastic straws are still used daily, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. 

Let’s eliminate plastic straws – for good

The Ocean Conservancy cites plastic straws and stirrers in their top 10 list of marine debris. They are a clear example of entirely unnecessary single-use plastic that is used for an average of just 20 minutes then discarded.  Every straw on the planet right now will outlive everyone reading these words.

Most plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorters.  They drop through sorting screens and mix with other materials and are too small to separate, contaminating recycling loads or getting disposed of as rubbish. This is a crucial reason why plastic straws and stirrers are such an issue for our environment.

Moreover, an estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate.*  What’s equally as bad, perhaps even worse is that when plastic does make it into the ocean, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces known as “microplastics” rather than biodegrading or dissolving, which poses great threats to marine life including fish.

Something has to change…

GinGenie is small local business based on the stunning North Devon coast. While we are small, we are keen to do our bit. That’s why we donate 10% of all our profits to ocean conservancy charities and campaigns committed to resolving the problem of plastic in our oceans.

 

* Source: Communication with Chris Wilcox, CSIRO, primary and contributing author to both studies cited)

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