When you think of a straw, you usually think of the small plastic tube that conveniently comes along with your drink most of the time. However, such small piece of utensil has a huge negative impact on the environment. Plastic is designed to last forever, but a single straw is only used for minutes. The piece of plastic is then thrown away carelessly and will linger on earth for generations.
As we have mentioned in our previous articles, plastic waste is a serious problem that Vietnam is currently facing. An alarming amount of 12.7 tons of plastic is dumped into our ocean every year. If we don’t come up with a solution, this figure will certainly double by 2025.
There is a sad truth that we are living in a “throw-away society.” We mass produce disposable products made from plastics because they are convenient and does not cost much. We change our smartphones, accessories, electronic items constantly and often have the mentality of not using the old, outdated trends. Many of us do not even want to wear a same set of clothes twice because they are “so yesterday”.
Our planet is slowly getting flooded with plastic – the durable, easy-to-use and cheap material that is deeply attached to our daily lives. From being used to make medical equipment to becoming parts of airplanes, has surely proven its efficiency and adaptability. However, plastic, especially items designed for single use is a growing problem in our landfills and oceans. Every plastic bottle, disposable grocery bag or the small, thin straw that you use has a chance of jumping out of the recycling cycle and into a nearby waterway and eventually making its way to the ocean.
It is a known fact that plastics are extremely difficult to dissolve, plastic waste is one of the most painful problems for countries around the world. The risks that this “stubborn” waste brings include diseases, pollution, and ecological imbalances.