Recently, the idea of reusable straws as opposed to the usual plastic straws in your Starbucks seem to have taken up a storm amongst the people. However, many still worry. Is the public interested in creating a new generation of environmentalists for the future of our Earth, or is this just another trend to jump on the bandwagon for?
The answer is that there is no real answer. It may be a wave of people who feel the need to make a change after watching the heart-wrenching video of a person removing a plastic straw from a turtle's nose due to ocean pollution. It may also just be the cool new thing to post on your Snapchat story to show your friends. Or it could be a mix of many different reasons. The littering of plastic straws contributes to the mass amount pollution currently floating around in our beloved ocean, and if a small purchase of $8-12 can help our planet a little. Why not? Perhaps instead of focusing on the intentions behind the movement, it may be best to just accept that we are taking a step in the right direction. Whether it is a big leap or a small step forward; it's a start, after all.
Sometimes we feel that as an individual, we make little to no influence in comparison to the power perhaps a person in politics or a celebrity has. However, with 7 billion people living together on the planet, it only takes one person to start a movement. In addition to buying a reusable straw to use when you're out and about, here are a 5 simple things you can do that to contribute to helping the environment.
1. Turn off the light when you leave the room and unplug your belongings
2. Take shorter showers
3. Find an open weekend to volunteer for trash pickups at the beach
4. Avoid using plastic water bottles (Buy a reusable one!)
5. Try biking to short destinations to enjoy the view and save up on gas