I've recently been campaigning for the UK's biggest supermarket, Tesco, to ban disposable plastic straws after watching a video go viral of a sea-turtle with a straw painfully lodged up it's nose.
The USA alone produce over 500 million plastic straws every single day, and in the last 25 years over 6 million plastic straws were removed from beaches during annual clear up events. After they're 20 minute life-span, straws take hundreds of years to degrade, breaking down into smaller pieces which are ingested by fish and other marine life. Over 1,000,000 seabirds die from plastic consumption annually as well as marine animals such as fish, turtles, dolphins and whales.
Last year a petition asking major retailers in the UK to ban plastic cotton buds gained over 150,000 signatures - as a result Tesco, Sainsbury's, Aldi and Lidl all promised to switch to eco-friendly cotton buds by the end of 2017, making a huge difference to the amount of plastic entering our oceans. Now that there are many alternatives to disposable plastic straws such as bamboo, wheat and paper, there is no reason Tesco should continue flooding our oceans with plastic.
If you want to help in trying to ban plastic straws, you can help by adding your name to my petition below.