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Asked by Larissa Thompson in
Plastics and Polymers
Waste and Recycling
Environmental Issues

Why do people hate straws more than other forms of plastic waste?


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Riley Glover
November 19, 2019 9:12PM

Straws are an easy target for environmentalists because they are so prevalent and because they're simple to replace or forgo.

Because they're so small and are often made of multiple types of plastic, single-use plastic straws usually can't be recycled. Because of this, it's estimated that Americans alone use upwards of 100 million straws per day (the often-cited figure of 500 million per day has been disputed, but not by much).

Activists have found it relatively easy to convince people to decrease their straw use—some restaurants have started asking if customers want a straw with their drink instead of giving them out automatically. Those restaurants have seen a 50 to 80 percent reduction in single-use plastic straws—that's a big result from a pretty simple fix.

Not only is it fairly easy to get people to cut down on straw use, but there are also a multitude of more eco-friendly options on the market, like reusable stainless steel straws or biodegradable paper straws.

All in all, it's not really about hating the concept of straws or thinking that straws are a worse form of waste than any other single-use plastic item. It's more about the relative ease of convincing people to limit their straw use or switch to alternative types of straws.

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3 days ago
Because they kill a lot of fish and other marine animals in the oceans.
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Beverly Lucio
3 days ago
Bc of vscos and their trend. Plastic straws hurt the turtles, and that's a main vsco thing
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Adah Nunez
5 days ago
They hate it because they are easier for turtles to eat and then they will die.
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Artist Izzy
4 days ago
People use so many straws every single day. In schools, kids use them for their milk or juice or juice whenever they buy lunch or breakfast. Some people just grab them to open them just to throw them away right after. People also use them at restraunts, schools, homes, and even just for fun. Studies say that in 2017, people used 390 million plastic straws per day.
because you can choke on a straw in you may die because of it.
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Kayla Flowers
5 days ago
because it can kill turtles
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Jack Riley
6 days ago
Probably because they've been brainwashed by environmentalists. Yes - a plastic straw can kill a turtle... So can thousands of other man made objects and compounds - but only if you put them in the sea when you've finished with them. The answer is simple enough: put it in the trashcan when you've done with it.
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November 30, 2019 6:51AM
Turtles eat plastic straws because of they're size and how many there are