Do you ever have one of those days where you get to thinking about random things. I had one of those days recently where I thought “Hmmm, I wonder how many straws are used per day globally?” And then over here at Strawesome we did some research… you won’t BELIEVE what we found!
According to this site in October 2010, there were 160,000 fast food restaurants in the USA and they served more than 50 million Americans daily. One straw per person = 50 million straws per day x 365 days per year = 18,250,000,000 straws used yearly in only American fast food locations.
According to McDonald’s website they serve nearly 68 million people in 119 countries each day out of 33,000 locations. That’s an average of more than 2000 people per day per location. 2,000 people x 33,000 locations = 66,000,000 people served per day x365 days per year = 24,090,000,000 straws used globally at only McDonald’s.
Obviously we could go on and look at other sit-down restaurants as well as straws purchased for home use and then thrown away but I think you get the point on the numbers!
Not only are these straws being thrown in landfills, which is bad enough, but many people will throw them on the ground where they will be washed into our oceans and create horrible living conditions for marine life. They end up on beaches, in parks and everywhere we don’t want them to be.
Moral of the story? (besides STOP EATING FAST FOOD! Trust me, it’s possible I’ve done without it for many years.) Think before you accept a plastic straw at any establishment. If more consumers start refusing a plastic straw restaurants will take notice. If you feel weird saying you don’t want a straw ask your child to make the request on behalf of the whole table… after all who can resist a precious little kid making their own choices. Maybe then someone will start listening if the younger generation makes their voice heard!
(PS – all numbers are estimates based on the information we found on the websites noted. And yes, and a calculator was used in these math problems.)