Frequently Asked Questions about Strawless Summer
"What is this all about? "
Plastic straws are really bad for the ocean. It’s estimated that we use over 500 million every day in America, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. We want to encourage people to stop using plastic straws. If we don’t act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
"You say 500 million straws are used in the US every day, but I can't picture that--what would 500 million straws look like? "
500 million straws could fill over 127 school buses each day, or more than 46,400 school buses every year!
500 million straws per day is an average of 1.6 straws per person (in the US) per day. Based on this national average, each person in the US will use approximately 38,000 or more straws between the ages of 5 and 65. So the sooner we can begin to use fewer straws, the better - it is never too soon (or too late!) to start!
"Aren't Plastic Straws Recyclable? "
While many plastic straws can be recycled, most are not recyclable. While some straws are made from #2 or #5 plastic, which is recyclable, straws are too lightweight and often don’t make it through the recycling sorter. Like the plastic bag and soda can rings, straws fall under the category of “single-use plastics.”
"What about using compostable straws? "
Compostable straws are a single-use, disposable product and still less preferable than opting to go strawless or use a reusable straw.