This past year, Douglas Anderson students among large companies such as Starbucks and Disney have joined the fight against plastic straws. This movement is part of an effort to reduce the amount of plastic going into oceans and landfills worldwide.
If the world continues to produce plastic at the predicted rate, plastic in the ocean will outweigh the fish by the year 2050.
Around eight million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year, according to a study done by the World Economic Forum.
“That’s about five bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world,” said Jenna Jambeck, a writer for the Washington Post.
The most common culprit of anti-plastic sentiments is the straw. Environmentalists dislike plastic straws because they are unnecessary one-use items, and owing to their small size, they often cannot be recycled.
Many DA students have become increasingly worried about the effect of straws.
Last year, the National Science Honor Society started a petition urging students to give them up entirely.
“I want people to know what they can do to help whether it be giving up straws or recycling,” said Winnie Blay, senior and organizer of the event.
These anti-straws mindsets have rippled throughout America, causing big companies like Hyatt, American Airlines and more to join the pledge to give up straws completely in coming years.
Entire cities including Seattle, Malibu, Oakland, Miami Beach, and more have given up on plastic straws. States Hawaii and California are considering state wide bans.
What started as a whisper has turned into a world-wide discussion on the effect of plastic straws, and how the United States and other countries are and will continue to change to be more eco-conscious.