Let’s Make 2018 The Year Of No More Straws

0
366
CLIFFE, KENT - JANUARY 02: Plastics and other detritus line the shore of the Thames Estuary on January 2, 2018 in Cliffe, Kent. Tons of plastic and other waste lines areas along the Thames Estuary shoreline, an important feeding ground for wading birds and other marine wildlife. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), at current rates of pollution, there will likely be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. In December 2017 Britain joined the other 193 UN countries and signed up to a resolution to help eliminate marine litter and microplastics in the sea. It is estimated that about eight million metric tons of plastic find their way into the world's oceans every year. Once in the Ocean plastic can take hundreds of years to degrade, all the while breaking down into smaller and smaller 'microplastics,' which can be consumed by marine animals, and find their way into the human food chain. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Source: Let’s Make 2018 The Year Of No More Straws

They’re destroying our oceans, so let’s get rid of the unnecessary plastic.

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town is calling on all South Africans to put down their drinking straws because we are facing a “catastrawphe”, and something must be done to save our seas.

The aquarium says that hundreds of billions of plastic straws are used globally, damaging ecosystems, killing wildlife and contributing to the pollution of our atmosphere. That’s why all food kiosks inside the Two Oceans Aquarium are now using plastic-free, PLA drinking straws and packaging.

While these look and feel like regular straws, they will break down if disposed of in a correctly functioning compost heap, the Aquarium says.

The aquarium’s decision to axe plastic straws* has made other major retailers follow suit, with powerful food chain Ocean Basket announcing on Twitter this week that they too would no longer be using straws in their stores.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), at current rates of pollution, there will likely be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050.

In December 2017 South Africa joined the other 193 U.N. countries and signed a resolution to help eliminate marine litter and microplastics in the sea.

Once in the ocean, plastic can take hundreds of years to degrade, all the while breaking down into smaller and smaller “microplastics” – which can be consumed by marine animals and find their way into the human food chain.

Checkout the Two Oceans Straws Suck campaign for some tips on how you can eliminate straws from your life.