Plastic Straw Debate

Ava Decker

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In 2018, the debate on the use of plastic straws was popularized by the media. Currently in 2019, this topic seems to still be relevant. States all around the country have banned the use of plastic straws, while others seem to not be interested.

Most people sparked an interest because of the ‘Save the Turtles’ movement. There were and still are, a ton of plastic and waste in the oceans all around the world. Littering and pollution is the cause of so many deaths of water animals, and even land animals. Turtles and other water animals were photographed with plastic around their necks and plastic simply just swimming around the ocean. This obviously isn’t a healthy situation for animals. Articles, videos, and pictures of these animals were given a lot of attention, which gave some a snap into reality.

According to National Geographic, “At the beginning of July 2018, Seattle became the largest U.S city to ban plastic straws.” But, Seattle isn’t the only place that has taken the step to ban plastic straws all together. States like California and Hawaii have considered banning plastic straws, and even Washington D.C banned them. Even the famous chains such as Starbucks and McDonalds, have announced they might be getting rid of the plastic straws.

Companies such as Sand Cloud (on instagram), have created reusable metal straws and are selling them to people all around the world. Other companies are following in these footsteps, and some people are just buying packs of reusable straws on Amazon, or just their local grocery store. Although, the reusable metal straws have been getting more attention, due to celebrities and social media influencers promoting the straws to their millions of followers on different social media outlets such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Youtube etc.

According to, 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the United States. Majority of those millions of straws end up in our environment.

Most believe we only have until 2030 to fix the pollution and waste in the environment before we all suffer, which is only 11 years from now. Are we really running out of time?

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