The Last Straw!

by Trish Utter

One of my favorite places to window shop is Tiffany’s. I love looking at all the glittery diamonds, their famous sterling silver collections, and now I love their home collection of wallets, dog leashes, china, and…straws????????? Yes, this luxury retailer, Tiffany & Co, now offers straws in sterling silver, rose gold or vermeil. These crazy straws cost $350 and the least expensive is a sterling silver crazy straw for …just $250! A monkey, ladybug or dragonfly sterling silver straw will set you back mere $425!

So why would the top luxury jeweler in the world be offering these beautifully crafted straws?

As I did my research it all became clear that the plastic straw will soon be a thing of the past. A personal, reusable straw or paper straws are now the trend…but why? Plastic straws are littering our beaches and ending up in the stomachs of marine life. Plastic straws just have a one use lifespan and are in the top 10 most common items of trash to show up on our beaches and in the world’s oceans. They contain BPA which means that straws cannot be recycled. Most plastic straws are made from a chemical called Polypropylene which can leak into foods.

You will now notice that restaurants are offering paper straws or even going……strawless! Retailers now sell glass, bamboo, and stainless steel straws. I opted for stainless as I can put them in the dishwasher and reuse them, and they only cost a few dollars.

500 thousand straws are used in the US every day! An estimated 8 to 11 tons of plastic ends up in the ocean annually!

By 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish!!!! 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs according to StrawLessOcean.Org who have a huge social media campaign called #StopSucking

The Washington Post reported about a sea turtle in Costa Rica having a straw removed from its nose. The video that is shown on YouTube is quite graphic and
shows the pain and suffering the animal went through. There are more and more sea animals dying from plastic in their stomachs and guess where this will lead…..to us not having safe fresh seafood and eventually to none at all! The New York Times reported recently about American cities banning the use of plastic straws, among them is Miami Beach and Fort Myers.

According to Forbes, Britain will be banning straws, cotton swabs, and all single-use plastics. Forbes states that 8.5 million straws are thrown away each year in Britain. The U.K. based McDonald’s has already phased out the use of plastic straws. The British government estimates that over 15 million tons of plastic in the world’s oceans kill one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals annually!

Starbucks, Hyatt, Sea World, Royal Caribbean, and American Airlines have banned plastic straws and bags. As you read this story many more companies and joining in and doing this.

Funny how my window shopping at Tiffany’s sparked something I really hadn’t thought about. It all makes so much sense….not sure about the $425 straw though…. that might lead to …save this human from poverty lol!

How can you help our planet? Well, you could buy a Tiffany straw, use a metal or paper one or just #StopSucking and if you stop sucking you will also have fewer wrinkles around your mouth! Sipping from a straw increases air in your stomach and can cause digestive issues. Next time you buy your drink…think before you suck. Is it worth it? One small step can make a huge difference. Say NO to Plastic Straws!!!!!