There is a lot of controversy surrounding plastic use and a lot of movement towards replacing it. We've all heard about the dangers of plastic and know the impact that our overuse has had on the planet, but besides that, do you know why it's harmful to our health?
Approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution makes its way into the ocean every day, and there are roughly 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. Ocean plastic kills around 100,000 marine mammals and turtles as well as around 1 million sea birds annually.
Besides the devasting impact the waste has on the environment, it also has a profound impact on our health. Single-use plastics like straws contain harmful chemicals like bisphenolA (BPA), polypropylene, and petroleum, which can affect our hormone levels and are known to be carcinogenic. Chemicals like these lead to reproductive disorders, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
One simple way you could reduce your impact and be conscious about what you put in your body is stop using simple plastic items like straws and replace them with longer lasting materials, like stainless steel. These straws are my absolute favourite, are eco-friendly, affordable, and last a lifetime. Here are a few of our favorite stainless steel straws: