As a nature enthusiast and animal lover, sustainability is a global issue that's near and dear to my heart. Although I would love to save the planet singlehandedly, progress can only be made if people work together. While recycling, taking public transportation, and conserving electricity are all good places to start, another way to help is by purchasing a reusable straw as opposed to using disposable plastic ones. And if you're interested in getting a reusable straw for yourself, check out these 7 eco-friendly reusable straws. Mother Earth and I will both thank you later.
By now, you've probably heard that the use of disposable plastic straws is detrimental to the environment. According to National Geographic, 500 million straws are used everyday in the U.S. alone. And since they aren't recyclable or biodegradable, they're dumped into landfills where they aren't able to break down. Eventually, they make their way into oceans and waterways. (You've probably seen that heartbreaking photo of the turtle with a straw stuck in its nose). Anyway, plastic straws have proven to be a major problem, which is why it's our responsibility to do what we can. One really simple fix is to transition to reusable straws, and that doesn't mean you're relegated to using paper ones with pretty designs that nearly instantly dissolve in your drink. I've rounded up seven solid alternatives for you here.