Gstraws, or Green Straws is a website based in Ottawa, Canada.
This site sells a variety of reusable straws in an effort to help with the movement on banning on the use of plastic straws.
There are many factors contributing to plastic pollution.
Here are some reasons why to purchase some reusable Gstraws:
To quantify the overall plastic problem:
Plastic Straws are the 7th most collected waste item from beaches
Straws make up about 4 percent of the plastic trash by piece, but far less by weight.
Straws on average weigh so little—about one sixty-seventh of an ounce or .42 grams—that all those billions of straws add up to only about 2,000 tons of the nearly 9 million tons of plastic waste that yearly hits the waters.
"Bans can play a role," says oceanographer Kara Lavendar Law, a co-author with Jambeck of the 2015 Science study. "We are not going to solve the problem by banning straws."
These items that people use for a few minutes but "are sticking round for our lifetime and longer," Lippiatt says.
Millions of seabirds are killed from the effects of plastic pollution every year. One of the most common plastic items ingested by seabirds are plastic straws from juice boxes. The plastic reduces the storage volume of their stomachs, ultimately causing them to starve. It’s estimated that 90 percent of all seabirds have eaten pieces of plastic. That number is predicted to increase to 99 percent by 2050.
Fish ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year in the North Pacific alone. This causes intestinal injury, death, and also transfers plastic up the food chain to bigger fish and marine mammals. A recent study found that a quarter of fish at markets in California contained plastic in their guts, mostly in the form of plastic microfibers. This plastic leaches harmful toxins, including BPA, into their bodies and ultimately into us through our dinner plates.
There are so many other reasons how plastic has become one of the world's largest forms of pollution, the list goes on. Have a look at our home page live news feed set up as a daily Google Alert, using the word "Straw".