All too often, plastic drinking straws end up in trash bins and it's evident when you take a stroll on the beach. Too much trash is dumped in the ocean resulting in waste washing up on shores. There has been a movement to ban plastic straws from consumers in order to protect the marine life and preserve the oceans. In America alone, it is predicted that over 500 million straws are used every single day.
The oceans aren't just important for marine life but for humans as well as it generates half of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduces climate change impacts.
Banning plastic isn't a new frontier and if you do a quick search you can see that banning straws is currently on the forefront as more marine wildlife is caught with straws embedded in their bodies.
And while companies are paying attention and making an effort to eliminate single-use plastic straws and stirrers, not everyone is on board. But if we all to a small part, we can have a greater impact.
Here at Scooch A Mi, we are proud to do our part to protect the oceans by supporting Suck on That, a social enterprise founded in Cambodia in 2017, with the initiative to promote the use of bamboo straws as an alternative to plastic.
The straws are reusable, environmentally friendly, and fair trade.
The bamboo is growing in a rural village in Cambodia and they are hand-crafted by Khmer villagers. Through this collaboration, Suck on That not only contributes to reducing straws in the ocean and landfills but they provide job opportunities to stimulate a better quality of life for the villagers.