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How do plastic straws affect the environment?

Most plastic straws are also not biodegradable and cannot be broken down naturally by bacteria and other decomposers into non-toxic materials. Most plastic straws simply break into ever-smaller particles, releasing chemicals into the soil, air, and water that are harmful to animals, plants, people, and the environment.

How much do plastic straws contribute to pollution?

In just the U.S. alone, one estimate suggests 500 million straws are used every single day. One study published earlier this year estimated as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches. Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year, and straws comprise just 0.025 percent of that.

How metal straws benefit the environment?

One way to help reduce the effect that plastic is having on the environment is to forego a plastic straw and use a metal one instead. Alternatives to plastic also include glass and bamboo. A straw made of metal, however, such as stainless steel, will not break, does not rust, and is easy to clean.

How do plastic straws affect humans?

Sipping from a straw introduces air into the digestive tract. This can cause uncomfortable digestive symptoms, such as gas and bloating. When I’m counseling clients who are experiencing these symptoms, I always ask them about lifestyle habits, such as whether they drink from a straw often.

Does drinking from a straw cause wrinkles?

“When drinking out of a straw, the movement of the mouth area that you have to make will encourage the breakdown of collagen and elasticity more quickly, causing unnecessary wrinkles and lines,” she explains. “Drinking out of water bottles can also cause lines and wrinkles to form around the lips,” she says.

What are the dangers of plastic straws?

Most plastic straws simply break into ever-smaller particles, releasing chemicals into the soil, air, and water that are harmful to animals, plants, people, and the environment.