Did you know that although plastic straws can be recycled, most recyclers will not accept plastic straws?

Because straws are small, thin and bend easily, they fall through the gaps of the recycling machines which can cause damage. Hence most straws that go to recycling plants end up back in landfill. The other problem is, that as a type 5 plastic, there is little demand for recycled polypropylene, it is worth very little and is cheap to manufacture.

It is estimated that a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from ingesting plastic. Plastic does not biodegrade. Instead, they continue to break down into smaller and smaller pieces. Eventually becoming microplastics which is harmful to marine life and remain in ecosystems forever.

According to a new study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, it is possible that humans may be consuming anywhere from 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles a year.

So what can be done about this? Simply put – don’t use plastic straws. #strawsuck

Adapted from an article on

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