It can take a straw over 400 years to break down and they’re the most common debris that divers come across when they swim in the ocean.
Plastic straws and stir sticks make up about three per cent of shoreline litter in Vancouver, while Canadians throw out about 57 million straws every day!!
500 million straws are used everyday in the US. Around 20 billion kg of plastic ends up in the ocean each year, including straws. This plastic breaks down and animals, including the fish we eat, ingest this plastic.