Did you know that approximately 57 million plastic straws are used in Canada every day? And studies have estimated that as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches.
Single-use plastic straws are not recyclable, nor are they biodegradable, leading to a detrimental impact on our world’s oceans.
According to the City of Vancouver, it costs the city about $2.5 million every year to collect single-use plastic waste, with plastic straws making up about 3% of shoreline litter in Vancouver.
It’s time to start considering eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics, and with Vancouver implementing its ban on plastic straws by June 2019, we are well on our way to becoming a more environmentally-conscious city.
However, a ban on plastic straws prompts concerns from seniors and disability advocates, who (completely reasonably) say people with reduced mobility and oral health-care needs depend on straws.
So how can we keep the legitimate accessibility and convenience of straws without contributing to plastic waste?
Introducing: Rice straws.
An eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws, the concept was conceived in South Korea as part of a campaign to reduce plastic pollution.
Vancouver will be the first major Canadian city to distribute rice straws by Rice Straw Technologies. Made of 100% natural, biodegradable, compostable, and affordable materials (it’s made of rice, after all), rice straws will come in all sizes (which means that you can enjoy your bubble tea while still being kind to the planet).
The anti-plastic movement is gaining momentum worldwide, and it’s time to join in and change the world — one rice straw at a time.