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Plastic straws as a component of the global environmental catastrophe
The modern era of consumption and human negligence has already given their cruel and unforgivable results. Convenient and practical for us, plastic has already become a real curse for the world’s oceans, its ecosystems and inhabitants.
There are countless examples of this. Plastic is happy to eat albatrosses, petrels, anchovies and other marine life. Biologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration claim that plastic, covered with algae, smells good and is a tasty catch of fish, birds and animals. However, it can injure internal organs, leading a living organism to death. In addition, its consumption in food causes an insatiable hunger.
Plastic straw is a sea turtle’s killer or #stopsucking
Calling plastic a killer has long been taken. Researches of scientists from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory proved that at least 1000 turtles per year die from anthropogenic residues. Moreover, this figure, even according to experts, can be greatly underestimated for several reasons.
More than a hundred experts on these animals who work on the coasts of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, as well as the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas were surveyed. It was found that reptiles suffer greatly from entanglement in plastic nets, which are the result of the so-called “phantom fishing”. There are also cases of animal’s stuck in the different packages, which leads many years later to the deformation of the shell, and sometimes – to suffocation.
Not so long ago, a viral video appeared on the network, where biologists took a plastic straw 10 cm long from a tortoise’s nose. It was found on the coast of Costa Rica and at first decided that it was a parasite that attached to the brain of an animal. However, the analysis of a small test piece threw scientists into shock, showing that it was a plastic straw. The entire extraction procedure took no more than 10 minutes, but it was difficult, the turtle resisted because of pain, the wound was seriously bleeding.
This story was the starting point for the whole world. After that, the leading brands (McDonalds, Starbucks, etc.) began to abandon officially from the plastic straws. This is done by changing the design of the caps (the need for a straw disappears as such), switching to paper analogues, etc. IKEA also gradually removes plastic from its range.
From 2019, the UK government plans to abandon from all types of plastic straws, and the European Commission plans to penalize its members for garbage that is not recyclable.
Of course, straws are not the largest part of household waste in the ocean (but approximately one fifth). However, the worst thing is that the shape of the tube is narrow and sharp. And this is extremely dangerous for turtles and birds. According to environmental experts, approximately 71% of birds and 30% of turtles contain pieces of plastic in their esophagus of various sizes. This kills about 100 thousand marine animals and 1 million birds annually.
All that we ourselves can do for this is to stop using and buying plastic straws in order to minimize the demand for them. An excellent way out of this situation is to use compostable paper straws from Jovama. Such product is completely degradable (within 2-3 months) and may well serve as fertilizer. For production, not only eco-friendly cardboard and special woods are used, but also eco-safe inks, which make any drawing on a straw completely safe, even for children. Using such tubes is not only pleasant, but also beneficial for the environment.
Let’s help our nature survive and thrive for many centuries with the help of paper drinking straws from Jovama.