There’s a special place in hell for those who use straws to drink their beverages – or at the very least, it’s not a great thing to be doing apparently.
A new movement, which is aimed at encouraging people to cut down their use of the drinking utensil, is picking up steam on social media. Turns out those pesky straws are doing more damage than you realise – and surprisingly, it’s got nothing to do with your health.
According to the #refusethestraw campaign, that tiny little straw you’ve never given more than two seconds thought to has ~serious~ consequences for the environment.
A straw takes around 200 years to break down (so just slightly longer than the last season of Married At First Sight was dragged out for). The bad news doesn’t end there – when it breaks down, a straw turns into particles that are more toxic than Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid’s friendship.
Not only that, straws are a gigantic waste of plastic. In the UK and US alone, almost 550 million plastic straws get chucked PER DAY. Yikes!
Sure, they may make your piña colada look pretty and help you avoid smudging your lipstick on a messy night out, but is it really worth destroying the planet for?
Time to step awaaaaay from the straw and start downing drinks like nature intended – with sips, gulps or just straight out of the bottle.