Used for minutes, here for centuries. It’s high time we stopped using them.
The message is simple. Don’t use plastic straws and if you get offered one, refuse it. Learning about the impact of these little things on the environment will help you decide to stop using them and in turn, make a big difference to our oceans.
Every week one bar in Gozo could potentially use around 500 plastic straws. That’s 26000 a year. A ban on using plastic straws means that over the next 25 years that bar will have stopped 650000 plastic straws from damaging the environment, ending up in landfill and polluting our oceans. Going without plastic straws is an easy place to start.
The ocean is one of the very things we celebrate living on Gozo, so should it not be high priority for us to protect? There are so many people that we celebrate and thank who are relentlessly clearing our oceans whilst diving in these unique waters, but with just a little more knowledge and thought, we can reduce this and help to keep the Mediterranean clean.
DID YOU KNOW?
- It is estimated that by 2050, the ocean will contain over 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic taking over the environment (WEF).
- Plastic Straws are in the top ten most collected items at beach cleanups.
- 70% of seabirds are found with plastic in the stomach.
- 30% of sea turtles are found with plastic in their stomach.
- The size of a small plastic straw makes it really hard to recycle them. They never fully biodegrade and leave harmful chemicals behind.
- Straws are now made from paper, Food-Grade Reusable Silicone, bamboo
- Some paper straws are made with a waterproof coating so please check before you buy.
According to The Independent, the importation and production of plastic bags, plastic cutlery, plastic straws and single-use plastic plates will be prohibited from 1 January 2021 and their distribution and sale will be prohibited after 1 January 2022. Although that shouldn’t mean that we can’t start now!
high fives to Gozo Businesses who have already made the switch.
GITH are championing businesses on Gozo that have already started to act with a conscious mind and have implemented their own ethics when it comes to single-use plastic, and straws in particular. High Fives go out to The Black Cat Cafe, Bunna, Hondoq Kiosk, Gleneagles, Kempinski, Pui Trenta Nove and Seafront for starters! We have witnessed first hand what difference they are making with their conscious choices. Check out FOE Malta for alternatives to plastic straws.
Does your local bar or restaurant still use plastic straws? Will you think twice about taking a straw with your next drink? Making Gozo single-use plastic straw-free is a big message that packs a huge punch but it is high time things changed.
If you want to shout about the fact you are already saying ‘No!’, head to the GITHBusiness Facebook Group and download this poster, stick it up in your window, inspire others and be proud!