Most people don’t need straws. I was at a restaurant a week ago with my boyfriend and his family. The waitress placed four glasses of water on the table with a small straw in each. A few minutes later I looked around the table, everyone had removed their straws and they lay casually beside each glass: nobody used them. Nobody needed them.
In Toronto you can’t recycle straws. But even if they were recyclable, plastics can only be recycled so many times and eventually they end up in a landfill. Darryl Fears from the Washington Post writes that we have produced over 9 million tons of plastic since 1950 and seven billions tons of it is stuck in landfills or collected in our oceans.
Without changing my lifestyle too drastically, I significantly reduced the amount of plastic that I was buying or using:
- I bought a great reusable water bottle (and I never use or buy plastic water bottles anymore)
- I stopped using straws and started putting my iced coffees in my travel coffee mug (guess what?! It tastes the same as an iced coffee in a plastic cup!)
- I bought reusable Beeswax food wrap – say goodbye to annoying seran wrap!
- I bought produce bags to put my veggies in at the grocery store or market
- Next step: I want to make an emergency kit of essentials (glass straws, Tupperware, cutlery) that I can take on the go and keep in my backpack for any occasion!
If you aren’t already doing one of the things on this list, try it out for a week and let me know how it goes!
And … I dare you to #stopsucking.