Guest Author: Matt Alvord, Foods Alive
When you use a reusable straw, you reduce the number of plastic straws that end up in your landfill or, even worse, in our waterways. The Ocean Conservancy reported that during the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup, 643,562 straws and stirrers were counted at cleanups around the world. That’s enough straws to reach the height of 10,000 palm trees!
National Geographic shares A brief history of how plastic straws took over the world. In the story, they cite a report that 500 millions straws are used in the U.S. in one day. ONE day!
Another benefit of using a glass straw is that you avoid consuming the toxins that plastic straws can leach into your drinks. Most plastic straws are made from polypropylene that can leach into liquids, especially when exposed to heat, acidic beverages or UV light.
Basically, plastic straws are a single-use item that are having a negative impact on our environment and our health. What can you do about it?
- Just say no! Ask for “no straw” when ordering beverages.
- Carry your own glass straw from Foods Alive.
Foods Alive glass straws are durable, safe for any temperatures, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and reusable because they come with a handy cleaning brush. Get one with a carrying case to keep your straw clean on-the-go.
A family-owned business located in Angola, Indiana, Foods Alive “cares more about the quality of food and the effects of producing it on our planet than profiting for oneself.”