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Saving Our Oceans: One Straw at a Time

Purpose

I want to make this design for bringing awareness to the effects of plastics in the ocean. Numerous plastic straws are used in America daily, and this negatively affects the creatures and life underwater, and on the shore.

Background

The overwhelming increasing number of plastic straws used in America is a huge problem that needs to be fixed. It is so important to become aware of this in order to make a change. Sara Buder states: “To put this into perspective, a report from the World Economic Forum suggested that by 2050, oceans will be home to more plastic than fish. By then, plastic will be entering the ocean at a rate of four garbage truckloads per minute.” This really proves how vital it is to make a change starting now to prevent things from getting much worse in the future.

How to make changes

To make changes regarding this major issue, we can do many things. Simple changes such as purchasing a glass or stainless steel straw make a large difference. Using a reusable straw in replacement of a plastic one is very beneficial. Also, encouraging others around you to do the same will help spread this movement. Even when you’re at a restaurant, you can ask the waiter/waitress to have no straw with your drink. This could even cause a conversation about how you are not using plastic straws, which is a good thing so that you can spread the word with people around you

Effects

Obviously not everyone uses plastic straws daily, but everyone should be aware of this movement so that everyone can help. This topic is pretty common and a lot of people already know about it, which is a good thing. But, what some people don’t know is how badly this will affect the future. Sara Buder explains that since “plastic is designed to be extremely durable, it doesn’t biodegrade” This means that the plastic straw that you drank from will outlive you by a lot. You might only use the straw for 10 minutes, but the majority of plastic takes nearly 500 years to decompose. Most plastic isn’t recycled, which is why it either ends up in a landfill or an ocean. Seriously, let that sink in—the plastic straw you sipped on at a bar last night will be around far longer than you will.” This is crazy and most people don’t realize the long term effects of plastic straws.

Works Cited

https://www.strawlessocean.org/faq

http://www.ecocycle.org/bestrawfree/faqs

https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/Gen_Plastic-hi_9-20-11_0.pdf

https://www.pnas.org/content/112/38/11899

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