Are plastic straws finally on the way out?
More cities are around the world are trying to ban plastic straws, but is it already too late?
EARTH — Municipalities around the world are increasingly cracking down on plastic pollution, especially single-use straws.
According to the National Park Services, Americans use about 500 million straws a day which works out to 1.5 straws a person every 24 hours, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
In the U.K., 8.5 billion plastic straws are used each year, according to the Telegraph.
Straws are difficult to recycle and usually end up in landfills or being incinerated, but they are increasingly clogging up waterways as well.
Cities worldwide are increasingly discouraging the use of straws with some even outright banning them. Others have vowed to phase out plastics over the next decades.
Plastic straw alternatives have also started to gain in popularity. They are made from materials like bamboo, metal, glass, paper, potato or corn paste.
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