BE STRAW FREE! Say NO to plastic straws!

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The amount of plastic entering the oceans is estimated to be between 4–12 million tons annually. Plastic has been recognized as a global environmental threat that severely affects marine ecosystems. Marine pollution creates a cascading effect that could result in the disruption of key ecosystem functioning and > 700 species have been reported to ingest marine plastics and is continuously increasing. Marine species have become vulnerable to plastic pollution and ingestion of and entanglement in plastic debris has become one of the most important threats to marine species. Say NO to plastic straws when you are out for lunch, dinner, or at a coffee shop. Starting at something this small and making this promise to yourself will drastically help save our environment. It all starts with us!