THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE SHAMES YOU FOR USING A PLASTIC STRAW, SHOW THEM THIS
By Kevin Ryan
More and more restaurants in America are banning straws. They were targeted after a 2015 video of a straw lodged in a sea turtle’s nose went viral and brought attention to the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans.
But straws in America are not the problem. 9 million tons of plastic that are estimated to enter the ocean each year, some of which breaks down into micro-plastics and leech into the stomachs and flesh of sea creatures. Just 0.6% of that comes from America. And straws account for just 0.02% of American plastic waste.
Meaning U.S. straws account for 0.00012% of the problem.
The real culprit behind the plastic that’s poisoning ocean wildlife is uncollected litter and ocean dumping by poorer coastal countries that lack developed waste management systems.
So next time you reach for a straw and someone tells you that you’re responsible for the problem of plastic in the ocean, you can tell them that they’re 99.99988% wrong.
found @ 2383 likes ON 2018-08-10 11:25:24 BY ME.ME