Since that video of a poor turtle in pain as a plastic straw was being pulled out from its nose went viral, people began to realize how this thing could hurt or even kill animals. And it pollutes the ocean, too.
So restos started banning plastic straws. Or they provide alternatives like paper or re-usable straws, which I’m not really a fan of since it simply reinforces consumerism. Making us believe that life is better with straws when we could, in fact, survive without it.
That’s the thing with consumerism. We have to keep buying stuff we don’t really need. Like those “eco bags” being marketed as the better option. How many of these do we exactly need? A growing mountain of re-usable bags, left unused (defeats the reason for its name), would end up as trash and we’re back to square one.
But back to single-use plastic. This addiction is all about convenience.
Using plastic bags is more convenient than always carrying and actually re-using a re-usable bag.
Choosing plastic spoons and forks, and cups (and those paper plates are not any better) is more convenient than washing up.
Buying bottled water is more convenient than carrying one’s own water tumbler.
Drinking with plastic straws is more convenient than using one’s damn mouth to sip and gulp.
We are drowning in plastic. Bits of it could now be found in our stomachs. So ditching the plastic straw is a good start. But it shouldn’t end there. Let’s be inconvenient together and ditch other unnecessary plastics, too.