In the article, “Should Plastic Straw Be Banned? I learned that straws are not the problem of pollution. Everyday plastic straws are thrown away by Americans, and this plastic ends up in oceans. Due to this many restaurants do not give out straws anymore, unless asked by customers. In the article, we get two views on plastic straws one by an environmentalist and the other by a representative of the plastics industry.
Plastic pollution in the world is a huge crisis. Studies show that by 2050, there could be more plastic by weight in the ocean than fish if no action is taken now. Plastic straws are the biggest contributors to pollution on our beaches. In 2018 during the International Coastal Cleanup Day, more than 640,000 plastic straws were found across the beaches around the globe. According to Trent Hodges, plastic straws should be banned because the harm they cause outweighs any of its benefits. There are much better eco-friendly alternatives that can replace plastic straws. Such options include paper, pasta, and even seaweed straws. Banning plastic straws would tremendously protect our oceans and prevent future harm to wildlife.
On the other hand, banning plastic straws can actually have a negative impact. According to Scott Defife, plastic straws have legitimate and important uses, so we shouldn’t ban them. Straws serve as an important purpose to people with illnesses and disabilities. It makes it easier for them to drink liquids and be more independent so that they don’t always have to rely on their caretakers. And for those people that favor alternative straws, they have to think about the drawbacks because it’s difficult to sip hot drinks from paper straws, or some reusable straws aren’t easy to clean which can cause bacteria to build up. Also banning plastic straws won’t fix the littering issue because people are still littering. The solution is not banning plastic straws, but to increase recycling and handling our trash correctly so that fewer straws end up in our oceans.