In the article, “Should plastic straws be banned?” (Upfront, May 13, 2019 subscription required), I learned that many people throw away millions of plastic straws every day. A lot of that plastic ends up in the ocean and is harmful to the marine animals. Millions of marine animals die each year from plastic waste.
Plastic straws are so dangerous and we should not use them. Only like nine percent of all plastic waste generated over the years has been recycled. It can release chemicals to soil, air, and water that are harmful to animals but also the people, plants, and the environment. Plastic straws can easily be swept into the ocean and break down into microplastic particles. Its scary how this also affects the water we all drink.