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The hazards of disposable plastic straws

(Last Updated On: October 21, 2021)

1. Harm to the human body

Disposable straws contain toxic substances, which are endangering people’s health bit by bit. Although many straws are labeled as not containing bisphenol propane, there may be other harmful substances, especially on some streets. Many of the straws used by small vendors are wholesale from small workshops, which do not comply with national regulations and contain large amounts of toxic substances that may cause cancer.

2. Harm to the environment

Disposable plastic straws are stable and not easily degradable. It takes at least 2000 years to be degraded after being discarded in nature. They are made of recyclable materials, but due to their small size and light weight, It’s easy to be ignored by recyclers. There are two types of disposable straws that account for the most destiny. They are either burned or piled up in the environment to fend for themselves; and these two results will cause harm to people and the environment.

3. Discarded plastic products may enter our body

The investigation found that traces of microplastics can be found in our current drinking water, and they cannot be filtered by the sewage treatment plant. In addition, microplastics pose a potential risk to marine life and human health. They will enter the body of fish and be ingested by people.

According to statistics, the United States uses an average of 500 million plastic straws a day, and most of the straws will eventually flow to the sea, polluting water sources and killing marine life in the ocean. In recent years, we have often seen news broadcasts that plastic products are found in the bodies of fish in the ocean, especially some large marine fishes, or marine organisms have lost their lives due to plastic products. According to the survey, about 800 to 1,100 tons of plastic waste enter the ocean every year, and most of them are broken down into debris and eaten by marine life. If this situation continues, it is estimated that there will be more plastic waste in the ocean than fish in 2050.

In addition to the above-mentioned hazards, disposable plastic straws also bring us a lot of harm in our lives. And statistics have found that every year, there are thousands of accidents in which children are injured by plastic straws. A person’s life expectancy is 60 years old. Each person uses an average of nearly 38,000 plastic straws in his lifetime. With these figures and cases, we must treat the plastic straws more carefully and no longer underestimate its existence.

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