Plastic Straw Litter Sucks

Plastic Straw Litter Sucks

Dear Daedra: It is that time of the year when everyone is making New Year Resolutions. What is one of your 2018 goals or resolutions?

Brian took the photos in this post while we were walking along Lake Michigan in late 2017. Of course plastic straw litter was everywhere, but there was so much more trash that didn’t belong on the beach. I was glad to leave the place better than I found it, but I am continuously alarmed at how many people are still littering these days.

Daedra Surowiec picking up trash on beach

Since I’ve got the habit of using reusable straws down pat, I am focusing on preventing everyday-litter from entering our waterways and impacting marine life. So in 2018, it is my goal to pick up every plastic straw I see on the ground wherever I go.

It is estimated that the average person in the USA uses and throws away 1.6 plastic straws per day. A portion of those do not make it to trash/recycling receptacles, so if I average picking up that many a day, I’ll have prevented close to 600 straws from doing further damage in a single year.

For me, this is just another healthy habit to create and continue as the years go on. Some may think this is crazy, because after all it’s only ONE straw, but imagine billions of people thinking that…. Oh wait, that’s how we got to where we are today and why the beaches are still full of toxic litter!

Daedra Surowiec with trash collected on beach

Now you know one of my 2018 goals. What is one of yours or how are you helping eliminate plastic straw litter?

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Comments (14)

  1. I hate plastic! I love my glass straws. Just one little step in the right direction.

    Heather Dickson
    Jan 26, 2018 Reply
  2. I am slowly replacing our plastic straws with glass. It’s hard with young kids, but we’ll get there!

    Jan 26, 2018 Reply
  3. I am trying to not be so wasteful of food and all things that I just throw away. We end up wasting way too much and I need to stop and be better at using what we have.

    Nancy Allen
    Jan 26, 2018 Reply
  4. My 2018 goal is to move completely away from plastics and other needless throw away items. This means bringing my own to go containers to my favorite restaurants and bring a reusable coffee cup to my favorite coffee shops.

    Laura Neff
    Jan 26, 2018 Reply
  5. I am doing my part by carrying my own sliver ware, cup, and to go containers. I compost everything and reuse everything, nothing goes in to my trash can. I have been using glass straws for 5 years now.

    Andy Charng
    Jan 26, 2018 Reply
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      Jan 31, 2018 Reply
  6. My 2018 new years resolution to help eliminate/reduce plastic straws is to invest in glass straw(s) and spread the message to my friends and family to do the same.

    Jayson S. Bissell
    Jan 26, 2018 Reply
  7. NO FAST FOOD for us! With the exception of Chickfila, but still no fries here or sugar. Simple change 💜

    Michelle O
    Jan 26, 2018 Reply
  8. Some of the changes we’re working on this year to remove more toxins from our daily life, along with downsizing our needs in this area as well, are integrating a few more of your versatile glass straws, as well as using our own reusable shopping bags for products big and small, and changing over our home dishes and silverware to wood. 🙂
    A floating island of plastic the size of Texas is not cool.

    Jan 26, 2018 Reply
  9. To aim for progress, not perfection, in terms of healthy eating and working out.

    Donna F.
    Jan 26, 2018 Reply
  10. My goal is to recycle everything I can. I tend to get lazy and just start throwing recyclables into the regular trash. This year I want to try to curb my laziness and keep up with our recycling!

    Amanda Alvarado
    Jan 27, 2018 Reply
  11. We are trying to move toward a more vegan diet. More plant based, less packaging to throw away, healthier for us and the environment.

    Lori Jacocks
    Jan 27, 2018 Reply
  12. I love your goal and am curious how many plastic straws you will end up picking up.
    My 2018 resolution is to focus on self love and self care. This includes drinking green smoothies (with strawesome straws of course) every day for all of 2018. I learned about green smoothies from you Daedra, thank you for teaching me so much.

    Jan 27, 2018 Reply
  13. We love our glass straws! I bring my glass straws everywhere for my family of 4. The hardest part is getting the server to remember to not leave straws. I usually have to tell them several times since it is such a habit for them. And one of my goals for 2018 is to get my kids more involved with planting and eating more fresh vegetables.

    Jan 27, 2018 Reply

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