Recently, there was a popular video circulating around social media featuring a sea turtle with a straw lodged in its nose. If you haven’t seen the video and have a strong stomach, here’s it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wH878t78bw
Disturbed by the video and the evidence that the world is rapidly crumbling beneath human garbage (or garbage humans?), I decided to discontinue using disposable plastic straws. Going out to eat? We ask not to be given a straw. Craving a Starbucks Frappuccino? Bringing my own. For very little effort on my part, I’ve kept about 100 straws out of landfills since pledging to live straw-less.
Something that’s helped with me be (mostly) successful in this endeavor is always having one or two reusable straws in my work bag for when a caffeine craving calls. I sewed myself a little carrying pouch for them so that they don’t mingle with whatever is rolling around in the bottom of my purse. And if I when myself without a reusable straw, I try to talk myself out of the caramel macchiatos. Here’s to saving money and mother earth!
Despite my conscious effort, I’ve slipped up a few times. In restaurants, sometimes I forget ask the server not to give me a straw and my drink comes with one in it. This endeavor isn’t about being perfect. It’s about doing my part to reduce my carbon footprint and provide a safe, clean place for future generations of people and animals.
Wanna join me? I chose these particular straws because they’re sturdy, wide, dishwasher-safe, and come in cute colors 🙂 I bought them at Bed Bath and Beyond and definitely used a coupon to buy them. Here they are: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/tervis-reg-6-pack-10-inch-straight-drinking-straws/801181?keyword=turves-straw..