As we enter Recycling Awareness Month, think about the ways in which you can cut back on the amount of unnecessary waste you produce by reducing, reusing, and rethinking your choices as a consumer.While recycling has its benefits, it should not be the only solution we rely on for our massive amounts of waste. What you may be throwing into the recycling bin may be ending up in the landfill or incinerator, or even on the other side of the world tucked beneath palm trees and embedded within the deep sea, threatening life in the ocean. It takes things like educating ourselves better so that we can make the most informed choices possible when to comes to our waste. We need to rethink how we can incorporate practices such as sorting our waste smarter, avoiding unnecessary single-use plastic consumption, and re purposing items we no longer need.
If you’ve ever ordered a drink at a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, or fast food chain, you were probably automatically handed a plastic straw with it, without hesitation. The use of straws have become incredibly (and frighteningly) commonplace in our culture, and most of us enjoy using them.
An estimated 500 million plastic drinking straws are used every day in America alone.
Every single day.