For their wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked well-wishers to give money to fight plastic pollution in our oceans. For those who hadn’t paid attention earlier, at that moment, it was clear that the plastics problem had hit the mainstream.
The royal newlyweds aren’t the only ones tackling this problem.
What are the replacements to straws? Ideally, simply going without a straw becomes the new norm. But for various reasons, straws aren’t entirely going away. According to this CNN article, glass and paper straw makers are stepping up, and business is booming. Here’s an excerpt:
“The straw maker, which grew sales by 5000% last year, had been struggling to keep up with the demand since the tide turned against plastic drinking straws. There’s not…paper straw making machines lying around.”
People are finally getting fed up with a throwaway society that prioritizes five minutes of convenience (a plastic straw, a styrofoam coffee cup, etc.) over the long-term health of wildlife and our planet.
That’s a very good thing.
But I still have one lament: Why didn’t I invest in paper straws?
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign, Environment America
Steve directs Environment America’s efforts to protect our public lands and waters and the species that depend on them. He led our successful campaign to win full and permanent funding for our nation’s best conservation and recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund. He previously oversaw U.S. PIRG’s public health campaigns. Steve lives in Sacramento, California, with his family, where he enjoys biking and exploring Northern California.