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.
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!
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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