Straws, love them or hate them. Restaurants usually (automatically) give them to you and you expect to get one with any drink (or smoothie) you purchase. The straw is everywhere and we can’t get away from them but are they safe for the environment?
My Honest Truth About Using a Straw…
I must admit, I love using a straw. I think about germs on the cup and how it helps me when I’m on the road but I must also admit… it’s not great for the environment. We throw away millions of straws each year and they end up in a landfill. Can you imagine how many straws you have come across in your lifetime? Now think about how everyone is in the same boat with you. We (unfortunately, I included) use up straws and throw them away without a second thought. It’s horrible, I know but these little guys have become natural to use for most people.
So What am I Doing to Reduce My Straw Usage?
Well like anything, it takes practice. My main goal is to become more aware when I use a straw. So I’ll ask myself do I really need to use a straw to drink water or my smoothie? When and if I can do without, I will.
Another thing that I will incorporate is recycling these straws. Most straws you can recycle, so rinse it out and do it. It’s really easy and only takes a moment but I’ve noticed that it’s becoming a new habit of mine. If you can recycle it…recycle it. It’s not only great for the environment but I promise, it will make you feel better. Better about yourself, your actions and towards the future. So next time you come across a straw (today, I’m sure) ask yourself do I need it and can I recycle it? Small actions make a difference and it starts with you.