Are You a Fan of a Plastic Straw Ban?

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Are You a Fan of a Plastic Straw Ban?

Audrey Thompson, Opinion

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Plastic straws have been banned in some places though they need to be banned in the entire United States due to their effects.

Plastic straws affect the environment in many negative ways. Plastic straws take hundreds of years to decompose though they only separate into smaller pieces and never biodegrades completely. They are not recyclable and a lot of them end up in the ocean and this hurts the marine life. One turtle was found by scientist and it had a plastic straw stuck in its nose. Luckily, the scientist was able to get it out. If not found by scientist, it could have died.

Straws also affect us. When you drink through a plastic straw, it can cause you to take in more air which may cause bloating. Using a straw also increases your chance of getting a cavity. The chemicals the straws are made of aren’t good for us either. Aside from health, straws can cause wrinkles (pucker lines) due to the way we sip them.

There are other options than just plastic straws. If you aren’t worried about pucker lines, bloating or cavities than there are more environmentally friendly straws you can use. Some companies are making glass, bamboo and stainless steel straws.

Some people with disabilities may have to use a plastic straw due to their condition and environmental friendly straws might not be as convenient for them. People with these conditions can still use plastic straws though they will need to get them from a doctor. This will drastically decrease the number of plastic straws used though still have them be distributed to people who need them.

Plastic straws are bad overall. They may not be banned but you can become plastic-straw-free. It’s simple, just stop using plastic straws. You can even convince your family and friends to stop using them. Just remember, that straw you are using could get stuck in a turtle’s nose.

 

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