1 billion non-recyclable straws thrown every day around the world
The European Commission therefore called, Monday, May 28, to ban them, like 10 other single-use plastic products. Last April, the British government also announced it wanted to ban their sale, while it has already been the case in the city of Tofino, in Canada, since 2016. Sikinos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, and Seattle, in the States United, will replace them this summer with biodegradable models.
In Costa Rica, single-use plastic will be banned by 2021. Scotland, Costa Rica, Belize, Kenya and Taiwan are also planning a total or partial ban on these plastic straws. France, which plans to ban disposable plastic cups, glasses and plates, as well as cotton swabs, by 2020 has yet to take action. A petition signed by more than 100,000 people calls on Nicolas Hulot to act quickly.
"Their small size makes them difficult to recycle and they are at best incinerated (polluting our air) and, at worst, they fly away and end up in the gutter, polluting our rivers and oceans, explains Mounia El Kotni, of the association "Down with the straws." The straws end up on the beaches and in the oceans, the plastic breaks up and sea animals or birds mistake them for food. can be found most of the time… on our plates. "
In 2015, the video of a sea turtle, rescued off the coast of Costa Rica, with a straw 10 cm long stuck in the nostril, had moved more than 11 million Youtubers. According to the French Research Institute for Development, 1.5 million animals die each year from plastic. Straws are therefore in the top 10 most collected waste on beaches in 2017, according to the annual International Coastal Cleanup.
However, there are alternatives. rice straw. The Hilton hotel chain will remove them from 650 of its properties in Europe, the Middle East and Africa by the end of the year. This represents five million straws.