Experts Urging Everyone To Quit Drinking From Straws Immediately - Here's Why
Marilyn Caylor 5/4/2017
For many of us, using straws is part of our daily lives. And it's no wonder - they're an incredibly useful beverage tool! It's hard to imagine sipping on a glass of sweet southern ice tea or guzzling a blueberry-flavored slushie without one.
As wonderful as this invention is, you should probably consider using straw alternatives, starting right now!
Experts want people to stop drinking from plastic straws, and you won't believe the reason why.
It turns out this innocent habit is actually quite deadly.
Drinking straws have been around since 3000 B.C.E. It was first invented by the Sumerians, who drank out of gold tubes that were inlaid with precious lapis lazuli. If you had a straw like that, you'd probably want to hang onto it for a good long while!
However these days, straws don't come with any flashy bling, and they're also made from a very boring material - common plastic. These one-time use drinking tools are tossed into the trash as soon as the last slurp of soda hits your lips.
Yet, most folks don't know what happens to that discarded straw once it reaches the "afterlife." In this case, ignorance is not bliss...
Americans go through about 500 million straws on a daily basis, and not a single one of them is recyclable. Some experts claim this number is a low-ball estimate, and the true number is actually much higher. It becomes of even greater concern when you factor in how many other countries use disposable straws!
Guess where these straws tend to end up?
If you guessed landfills, then you're partially correct.
Plastic straws also migrate to our precious blue ocean, and they're having a devastating impact on marine life.
What would you do if you found a turtle on the beach that was in great pain because he had ingested part of a straw?
Or, imagine finding a beached whale that had died of starvation after not being able to fit any real food in his belly - because it was already filled with tons of plastic trash.
Tragically, these scenarios are a daily occurrence around the world.
Plastic pollution puts millions of sea birds, whales, sea turtles, dolphins, sea lions, seals, and fish at risk every single day. They can mistake items like disposable straws for food, which can't be digested.
As a result, these sea animals often suffer before they die.
If saving ocean dwelling creatures isn't your thing, and there's nothing wrong with that, then perhaps a bit of vanity will make you reconsider.
Drinking through straws will give you unsightly smoker's lips. Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau says:
"When drinking out of a straw, the movement of the mouth area that you have to make will encourage the breakdown of collagen and elasticity more quickly, causing unnecessary wrinkles and lines."
It's also a myth that drinking through a straw will protect your pearly whites from getting stained. Unless you maneuver the straw all the way to the back of your mouth, your teeth can still get exposed to soda, juices, and other staining liquids.
If you no longer care about wrinkles or brown teeth, then how about this one - it'll give you lots of gas.
Ummm, yeah. Enough said...
Sea critters are needlessly dying as a result of our straw-drinking habits. There's just no good reason to continue using disposable straws, especially when there are plenty of inexpensive alternatives out there. Try glass, bamboo, or stainless steel straws, all of which can be found online. The animals will thank you!
Sources: Wikipedia, Eco-Cycle, One Green Planet, Marie Claire, Ask The Dentist FB Image Credit: Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr/Andres Rodriguez