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Plastic Straws Become Main Target Of Anti-Plastic Pollution Campaigns

July 26, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
Despite their relatively small share of the total count of plastic pollutants, plastic straws have a significant impact on the environment. Plastic straws have captured a huge share of anti-plastic pollution efforts and attention. After a video depicting their harmful impact on wildlife became viral, several companies, including Starbucks, Ikea, and Hilton Hotels, announced plans to stop using plastic straws. Several factors amplify the effects of plastic straws on the environment and implications for efforts to control plastic pollution. For example, they can easily slip through the “cracks” of recycling processes because of their characteristics, such as being small and lightweight, and consumers mistakenly believe they are recyclable because they are made of plastic.[Image Credit: © Rupert Kittinger-Sereinig]
Nick Stockton, "How Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of Waste Management", Wired.com, July 26, 2018, © Condé Nast
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