Animals should NO LONGER be hurt by plastic straws that WE use

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Esther Hwang started this petition to Diana Lofflin

Many cities around the world have taken steps to reduce plastic waste by banning plastic bags, so why shouldn't plastic straws be added to the list? Americans use 500 million plastic straws per day, enough to fill over 125 school buses with straws every day. Plastic straws are wasteful and are not necessary when drinking beverages. There are many alternatives to plastic straws such as, paper or metal. Most plastic straws are not recyclable so a lot of the straws drift into the sea. The straws that drift into the ocean end up in sea turtle's noses and throats.

To get community service hours, I went to the beach for a beach cleanup. I was shocked when I was at the beach. I never knew that the problem with trash in the ocean was this serious. Especially the amount of plastic straws that I saw was alarming. I remembered a video that I saw on the internet of a plastic straw coming out of a sea turtle's nose. The turtle was bleeding from it's nose and the straw was stuck inside it's nose so deep that the person was struggling to pull it out. That video really made me realize how much plastic straws are a problem. So as I was picking up trash I really wanted to do something about this problem with plastic straws. 

Just reducing the amount of plastic straws that we use can help this problem. Many companies and restaurants have already banned using not only plastic straws but all plastic utensils. Not only companies but we can contribute as well. We can add "refuse" to the "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra. We can refuse plastic containers, plastic utensils, and plastic straws at a coffee shop or an ice cream stand. We need to start making a difference ourselves first.

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