The plastic problem
36.4 billion plastic straws used in Europe yearly.
Did you know that every day, around the world, we use more than half a billion plastic straws? By 2050, there will probably be more plastic than fish swimming in our oceans…
Every year, over 36 billion straws are used and thrown away in the European Union alone. The fast food industry in Europe uses enough straws to line the entire globe every 48 hours. This without all the big beverage brands, events, and the hospitality industry. To Seas At Risk and The Plastic Soup Foundation, "Over time, plastic falls apart into small fragments, transforming all the water around us into a big soup full of microplastics. These particles enter the marine food chain because plankton and other small animals mistake them for food." Although the size of straws is small, their impact is huge.