I was recently reading an article from the National Geographic magazine and like many people, I've seen this picture on social media but didn't know the story behind it. While the author admitted that they "went too far in drawing a definitive connection between climate change and a particular starving polar bear in the opening caption of their December 2017 video about the animal", it was too late... Images sometimes speak louder than words.
Sometimes it's hard to imagine a city, even daily life without plastic – it's simply everywhere you look. We tried to do a plastic-free week but quickly realised that's almost impossible. Whatever you want to buy - from a bottle of water to shampoo or food, plastic rules our lives (and supermarkets).
One step at a time
While Max and I are conscious of what might damage the environment, it's hard to live without it but, let's do it one step at a time. An interesting article has been released by Business Insider, fully explaining the real reason why so many cities and businesses are banning plastic straws.
Plastic straw bans alone won't change much, it's a fantastic step going forward but it won't solve the core problem. Less than 9% of all of the plastic we use every day actually gets recycled. What about the rest you're wondering? Well, it ends up in landfills or floating out in the ocean. That problem won't be fixed by forgoing a straw, but environmentalists say letting go of a single piece of plastic could be the first step in a much-needed larger behaviour change.
What is the alternative to the plastic straw? Either no straw at all (obvious some would say), a biodegradable one or a reusable straw. The latter exists both in stainless steel as well as bamboo. Personally we much prefer the reusable bamboo straws because of that weird little taste and feeling the metal one leave. Bamboo straws are reusable and biodegradable, made from 100% natural and organic bamboo growth, so a pretty good alternative wouldn't you say?
How to take care of your bamboo straws
If you want your bamboo straws to last longer, you will need the proper care:
✔️ Rinse immediately after use
✔️ Use the cleaning brush to remove any grit
✔️ Hand-wash with soap and water
✔️ Bamboo straws can be placed in a dishwasher
✔️ Don't expose your straw to extreme heat for a prolonged period
Don't wait till it's too late - shop your bamboo straws now!