Plastic straws are a small piece of the larger problem of single-use plastic. Every day, millions of Americans throw out plastic bags, forks, cups, and straws after just one meal or grocery run. Plastics take a much longer time to break down than organic matter, such as apple cores. Some scientists say it could take 500 years for just one plastic bag to decompose — others bump that number up to 1,000.
The environmental impact of plastic straws is well documented.
Because plastic has a lifecycle that extends long after it’s served any function, single-use products often wind up in landfills or, even worse, the ocean.