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How Did Plastic Straws Take Over the World?

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  • Nearly 500 million plastic straws are used in the U.S. every day and as many as 8.3 billion pollute beaches worldwide; Seattle has banned their use, as has two airlines and several companies, in an effort to reduce plastic pollution
  • Starbucks announced they will ban plastic straws and stirrers; they have redesigned the lids on their cold drinks and will offer biodegradable straws for their frappuccinos
  • Wildlife cameraman Doug Allan has found plastic straws in remote areas worldwide
  • Choices you may consider to reduce your use of single-use plastic products include storing food in glass containers, avoiding processed foods, straws, plastic plates and utensils, and washing synthetic clothes less frequently

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., nearly 500 million plastic straws are used every day, many of which end up polluting the environment. While the number may seem extreme, you likely have not taken notice of the straws you use. Nearly every time you order a drink at a restaurant, there's a good chance you'll receive a straw to go along with it.


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