Used for only a few short minutes, yet taking several hundred years to break down, plastic straws have been at the heart of several modern environmental movements.
In Australia alone, around 10 million plastic straws are used every day, and are in the top ten ‘most littered items’ – meaning a lot of a plastic straws are entering our natural environment2.
When straws become litter, they break into ever-smaller particles, releasing chemicals into the soil, air, and water, which is harmful to animals, plants and people3.
As a highly used item, and given their lightweight nature, straws can easily end up in marine environments, where they are mistaken by fish, seabirds, turtles, and other animals as a part of the food chain3.
With two-thirds of the world’s marine life are suffering from plastic ingestion, the banning of plastic straws has occurred in movements and legislation around the world.