Our plastic soup is growing worldwide. We extract about eight million tons of plastic from our oceans every year. And at least half of this litter is disposable plastic. In the 1930s, plastic straws became one of the most widely used products on the planet. Maybe you would think: it is only a straw, what does it matter? Still, a plastic straw is extremely treacherous! The European Union has therefore decided that disposable plastic items will be prohibited from the 3rd of July. Why? And what is a good alternative?
Find it out in this blog!
Why are plastic straws so harmful?
Plastic straws are light, thin, and tiny. That’s why it is typically a product that we throw in the wrong waste bin or it does not end there at all. The plastic straws are therefore not recycled. And that is reflected in our environment, such as on the beach. Although plastic straws are only partly responsible for plastic pollution in the sea, they are very harmful to animals. Due to their small size, fish, turtles, and other animals get entangled in it or they eat it.
Ban on single-use plastics
Straws are a single-use product. You only use it once. In essence, it remains a disposable product. There is nothing wrong with that in itself. No one would reuse a straw that someone else has used. But the fact that it is composed of plastic is a problem. That is why the European Union will ban single-use plastic products from the 3rd of July, which also applies to plastic straws. This legislative amendment will have a positive impact on the environment. Besides, it will provide an extra incentive for entrepreneurs to come up with ecologically responsible alternatives. The straws from SEDGE are such a sustainable solution!
SEDGE straws as an environmentally friendly alternative
The straws from SEDGE are 100% organic, sustainable, fully compostable, and pure natural. They are made of reed, more specifically of “Grey Sedge” which grows in Vietnam. The Vietnamese government and some NGOs support the reed plantations to protect the natural vegetation of Vietnam. This way, the endangered Sarus crane is also getting its habitat back. Besides, it ensures enormous progress and employment for local growers in Vietnam. Altogether, it is a sustainable way to provide a livelihood for the local population and an ecologically responsible way of dealing with nature. Everyone wins.
Will you join the challenge against plastic pollution?
SEDGE straws are available in different lengths and quantities. It remains firm and will not clog in drinks with pulp, which is a huge advantage. Besides, the straws are fully compostable. They will be directly absorbed back into nature! SEDGE gives you a choice. Will you join the challenge against plastic pollution? Discover the straws from SEDGE at www.sedge.be.