Ban Plastic Straws at the Top 5 Fast Food Chains in the US
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As consumers, we should have a growing concern about plastic waste and how it affects the environment. Tackling this problem requires a series of steps, starting with the single-use, plastic straw. Companies need to switch from this type of straw, which never leaves the environment, to compostable, marine degradable straws which are currently available, and being manufactured in the US.
Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, Subway, Starbucks, and Taco Bell are a few of the highest offenders, while their competitor, Mc Donalds, has already made the commitment to a more environmentally friendly straw.
While we have recycling contingencies, plastic straws often don't end up making it through the recycling process because of their size and weight. They often fall through the filters and end up in landfills, sewers, or storm drains leading to our oceans. If they even end up in a recycling can to begin with. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish per pound. That means that in just over 30 years our children will no longer be able to experience a healthy ocean ecosystem.
Holding companies that are a part of our everyday lives accountable for their environmental footprint by taking a small step towards using compostable, marine degradable straws will help ensure your children are able to see an ocean full of life.
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