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Plastic straws. We see them every day, and have never given a thought to them. But more and more, we are seeing articles, memes, and videos about the damage plastic straws cause to the earth. So what’s the story about plastic straws?

Plastic straws daily impact - US consumption

Image via http://thelastplasticstraw.org

Well, we all know that plastic is a major pollutant – from manufacturing to littering. Our oceans and landfills are full of plastic products that don’t break down easily, and when they do, are full of chemicals that are harmful to the environment.

So what are the stats?

  • 500 million straws are used DAILY in the United States alone.
  • That’s 175 billion straws each year, from the US alone.
  • Every day, the straws used in the US would wrap around the earth 2 1/2 times.

So what can you do to help? Check this: How to Ditch Plastic Straws >>