Plastic pollution is a more serious problem than you think. We often pay no heed towards the amount of plastic, especially the single-use plastic, we use every day. However, this plastic garbage is taking the form of a new man-made disaster that is affecting all forms of life on the planet. There is a lot that needs to be done and soon. However, cutting off all the plastic from your life at once is nearly impossible because we are extensively dependent on it. So what can we do?
We suggest starting by taking baby steps towards the major change until your lifestyle is plastic free. We often recommend carrying your own refillable water bottle, reusable cutlery, and straws. Here’s how you can contribute to the cause against plastic pollution by carrying your own stainless steel straw with you.
1. Reminds you of saying ‘No’ to a plastic straw.
It seems like something you can’t forget but often because you don’t have an alternative, you forget saying ‘no’ to plastic straws offered to you with your drink. If you carry your own stainless steel straw, you will make sure that you refuse the plastic one and use your own. This can be a great step towards cutting the single-use plastics from life.
2. Drinks taste better.
Research has found that the soluble chemicals used in the manufacturing of plastic often compromise the quality and the taste of the drink. Using eco straws or stainless steel straws will save you from consuming drinks with a changed taste, which are not good for your health as well. Carry your own straw to save yourself from the trouble.
3. Easier to clean than you think.
One big question when it comes to reusable straws, especially stainless steel straws, is that whether or not they can be cleaned thoroughly. One simple way to use the same straw for two different drinks is to drink water in between. There are special brushes too that allow you to clean the straws properly with detergent at the end of the day.
4. Save money and the environment.
You might be wondering that plastic straws are cheaper than stainless steel ones then how using the steel straws will help you save money. This is because plastic straws are mostly single-use products and you need a new straw with every new drink. However, stainless steel straw can be washed and used over and over again. It has been found that the total cost of one stainless steel straw is much less than that of the total cost incurred on all plastic straws.
Also, the steel straws not only save the money but the environment too. Plastic garbage consists largely of single-use plastics including straws. Replacing them with safer options can be a huge step towards saving the environment.
5. A step towards better health.
It has now been established by many studies that using plastic in daily life can affect health adversely. Eating in plastic can lead to hypertension, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, and even cancer. Therefore, carry your own stainless steel straw and slowly replace everything plastic in your life with safer alternatives.
The bottom line is that replacing plastic with safer alternatives is not only good for your pocket but health too. Everyone including kids, adults, restaurant owners, etc. can benefit in their own way from this move. What is important here is that it is high time to accept the harm that plastic is causing and make a change for a better tomorrow.