Two basic and most used eco items I carry with me wherever I go:
Why you need them?
Because plastic straws are clogging up the waterways and getting into everything , like sea turtle noses! Blah! 😖 I feel like I’m always finding plastic straws washed up on the beaches. Plastic straws are also difficult items to recycle because of their size and shape.
The above image is part of a research study, and is all the plastic that a young sea turtle had eaten over its sadly short life. Some baby sea turtles are found deceased on the beach or shortly after arriving at a rehabilitation center. With all this plastic inside their gastrointestinal tract, they aren’t getting enough nutrients to grow, let alone survive.
There’s also the issue of plastic shopping bags…
Plastic bags are floating around the driving lanes on the highways and threatening to get clogged under your car, as well as floating in the ocean looking like jellyfish. Lots of animals hunt and eat jellyfish…and also plastic bags, which do not digest. The ocean dwelling creatures end up getting clogged pretty bad and you know how much your midsection hurts when you get…clogged up. Ouch! 😣
Going with reusable straws and bags can truly eliminate a lot of these issues and these are great starting points!
I often hear: “But I’ll never remember to use them!” It took some effort for me at first, but it eventually became an ingrained habit for me to refuse straws and to bring in my reusable bags while shopping. It’s possible for you, too!
It goes beyond eliminating a few plastic straws and bags floating around the ocean, it sends messages to businesses and your community. We all love clean beautiful beaches when we go on vacation and getting the chance to see healthy wildlife, and by choosing to make this change, we can inspire others to make these plastic-eliminating habits, too.
- Stainless steel straws
- Reusable bags…more precisely, one made from recycled plastic bottles