My Last Straw aims to be a driver of the reusable movement. The amount of waste we produce and use every day is detrimental to our environment, and single-use plastic straws is just the first item we will be taking down.
We have a long journey ahead of us, and we're excited to share with you the most amazing eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic products.
By switching from plastic straws to My Last Straw (technically Your Last Straw), you help keep 34,000 plastic straws out of our oceans and landfills.
Our straw is built to last, not made to end up in landfills and our oceans after a single use.
Scroll down to learn more about the negative impacts of using plastic.
PLASTIC: WHY IT NEEDS TO GO
8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. Most plastic is made from long lasting petroleum – some types last for thousands of years. In the ocean, the sun and waves break down most plastics into small Microparticles, which never fully biodegrade. There is an estimated 5.25 trillion particles of “plastic smog” weighing in at 270 000 tons in our oceans worldwide.
- Microplastics are fragments of plastic that measure less than 5 mm.
- POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) are hazardous human-made chemicals that are resistant to degradation in the environment (flame retardants, pesticides).
POPs latch on to these microplastics in the ocean, making them up to one million times more toxic than the water around them. These hazardous human-made chemicals are linked to multiple health problems, including cancer. These microplastics eventually climb their way up the food chain from plankton to fish, and at some point making their way onto our plates. Plastic pollution is affecting our planet and our health - more than we'd like to know.
This is not just a trend - many countries, corporations and cities are joining the movement.
Laws & Regulations Against Plastic Straws
- The UK and the European Union have their own plastic ban proposals in the works.
Corporate bans are also quickly gaining momentum: large companies like Starbucks, Aramark and American Airlines are vowing to stop offering plastic straws.
Taiwan is banning single-use plastic items; including straws, cups and shopping bags, by 2030
Miami Beach, Malibu, Seattle, and Vancouver have taken steps to restrict plastic straw use.
Scotland plans to be rid of plastic straws by 2019
My Last Straw has a vision for the future. Buying a reusable straw is only one way to help with plastic waste reduction. There are many ways to help keep our planet happy. It's important to take action when the opportunity is there. Here are a few tips you can try to reduce your plastic consumption:
If you can't reuse it, refuse it. Plastic bags, water bottles, to-go containers, takeaway cups, and straws are the top 5 sources of plastic.
Purchase a reusable water bottle or shopping bag, tell your friends and family why you made the switch!
- Ask servers and restaurant owners to switch to a “straws on request” policy.
- Recycle the plastic instead of throwing it in the garbage.
It's the little things that can make a big difference.
"SMALL CHANGE, big impact" -MyLastStraw