According to Cleanup.org Australians use about 10 million straws every day or 3.5 billion per year. Most of which are one-time use and are thrown away after use. Plastic straws are notoriously famous for being one of the most common pollutants in the ocean. Straws and other plastics cause harm to marine life in many ways. Birds, fish, and other sea life consume plastics accidentally or when they mistake it for food. Plastics don’t biodegrade. They break down into smaller and finer, microscopic pieces. When plastics break down, they produce bisphenol A (BPA) which interferes with reproductive systems in marine life. It also produces styrene monomer which is a suspected carcinogen.
How to celebrate #skipthestraw day
The easiest way is to pick up the glass and tip it back like the good old days. However, if it’s a habit hard to give up there are fun, eco-friendly alternatives to the plastic straw.
- Bamboo straws are renewable, reusable, and biodegradable.
- Paper straws, while still disposable, are biodegradable and from a renewable source.
- Glass straws are coming in durable, colorful designs fit for a variety of beverages.
- Stainless steel straws are an option for those of us who like our cold drinks cold!
At Baci restaurant we use paper straws in an attempt to reduce the use of plastic. We also serve our gelati and sorbets in paper cups which are again biodegradable or eco-friendly. Most of our food packaging material for takeaway is paper and cardboard made from renewable and recycled resources, to ensure we don’t harm the environment.