Believe it or not, every tiny little straw leads to a much bigger problem for America, and it’s time to make a difference…one straw..one plastic bag…one plastic bottle and one K-cup at a time. Kudos to California for leading the way in the battle against plastic pollution. These days if plastic straws are handed out in restaurants without a specific request for one; it could land the waiter/waitress in jail and/or cost them $1,000 fine! You can buy a whole lot of straws for that!
Some people might be of the opinion that California is out-of-line, and that the measures to reduce the plastic overload are drastic. But Americans use 500 million drinking straws every single day…that’s enough to fill over 125 school buses with straws every single day of the year. Interestingly, Americans use these “disposable utensils” at the rate of 1.6 straws per person per day! It’s time for drastic!
The Blaze – January 25, 2018
Ian Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California’s lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon’s law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
“We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans,” Calderon explained in a press release.
If you think those pretty blue recycling containers are the answer to our plastic problem and that our pollution problem can be blamed on irresponsibility or failure to use them; think again! Most of the straws, the bags, the bottles and the K-cups NEVER make it to recycling despite the fact that responsible Americans place them in containers intended for just that! Instead, as much as 80% of our plastics are being buried in our landfills while some of our plastics are routinely dumped into our oceans. After all, if there is no market to sell our used plastics to; they have to go somewhere and it’s that “somewhere” that is destroying our planet for the future generations. Since it is estimated to take up to 1,000 years for these materials to break down; so, they’ll be there long after we’re gone.
Being part of the problem is being part of the problem. As long as you convince yourself that one little plastic straw or plastic bag or plastic bottle or K-cup is no big deal, we can’t begin to reverse this nightmare. With 330,000,000 people singing the same tune; we’re on the point of environmental disaster that will take generations to reverse…that’s IF we ever get around to try to reverse it, that is.
What can you do? Invest in a long-term water solution and STOP buying water out of a plastic bottle! Buy reusable straws and get used to carrying them with you! Opt-out of plastic bags whether they’re officially banned in your jurisdiction or not, and if you’re too lazy to make a pot of coffee instead of using those convenient little K-cups (that are doing BIG damage), then you probably should stop drinking coffee altogether.
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