Thursday, March 29, 2018

Guest Blog: A New Goal: to Stop Sucking

Name: Emily Kuhn
Grade: 12
School: Dos Pueblos High School
State: California
Title: A New Goal: to Stop Sucking

Summary: In 2016 I bought my first glass straw from Glass Dharma. I bought it because I suddenly couldn’t drink smoothies or iced coffees from a plastic straw without being plagued with that all too familiar sense of environmental guilt. With each sip, the plastic straw between my lips became increasingly more repulsive. When I first began using my new glass straw in public, I realized that it served not only as a sustainable alternative to plastic, but as a great conversation starter. People would see my straw and ask me, “What is that?” “Where did you get it?” and “Why do you use that?” I was presented with so many perfect opportunities to talk about one of my favorite subjects: consumer consciousness. People were curious about my glass straw, so I would tell them about the environmental costs of single-use plastic, and the power that we as consumers have to reduce its production. Now, two years later, I have completely eliminated my consumption of single-use plastic straws. By investing in a glass straw I’ve made drinking smoothies significantly more enjoyable, decreased my carbon footprint, and engaged countless people in sustainability dialogues.
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No no no no please don’t--- I don’t need one of those actually, thank you. Yes, I’m sure I don’t want one, go ahead and take it back. I brought my own with me. I’m serious! It’s in my purse, I’ll show you. I keep it in this little hemp pouch to protect it. See? It’s cute, right? Now I’ll go take these back. Yes, both of them! Come on, you care about the sea turtles right? Well then give that to me, it’s time for you to stop sucking. Yes, stop sucking!!!
By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. I know it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to use that one plastic straw, but it is a big deal! Each plastic straw that you use will take up to two hundred years to decompose. Do you see why that’s a big deal? 
Typical Straw Waste on Beaches around the World
For every single smoothie you drink with a plastic straw, you are helping to fill up the ocean with plastic. Sea turtles and other marine creatures are extremely susceptible to mistaking plastic straws for food. When they try to swallow your straw, what do you think is going to happen?
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Every day 500 million plastic straws are thrown out in the United States alone, but we have the opportunity to be a part of the solution. I’ll buy you a glass straw, but for now put that back and embrace the liquid mustache. There’s an entire campaign called #stopsucking and #liquidstache, you’ll be trendy if you rock it! Look I’ll even do it with you and we’ll post about it to raise awareness. Together let’s make it our New Year’s resolution to stop sucking on plastic straws and create a better future for our planet.  

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