Trends of the year: Paper straws
Plastic straws began to become very popular in the 1960s until nearly every business had them.
According to National Geographic, the United States alone uses about 500 million straws a day, and about 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world's oceans today, taking about 10 to 1,000 years for them to decompose.
In the ocean, the plastic breaks into tiny pieces and causes sea animals to mistake them for food; especially sea turtles. These problems caused a trend from plastic straws to paper straws in early 2019.
People transitioned from plastic to paper because they are naturally eco-friendly. They are biodegradable and decompose in about two to six weeks. The big cause that influenced paper straws was saving the turtles.
Senior Bianca Fernandez transitioned to paper straws and loves them. “I’m glad that businesses are getting rid of plastic straws and transitioning into paper ones. It's not only saving the turtles, but our environment as a whole.”
On the other hand, Senior Madison Gurrola doesn't enjoy paper straws, stating, “Paper straws are gross because you can't really drink out of them without them getting soggy and ripping; although they might be better for the environment, I prefer metal straws opposed to paper straws.”
Senior Valeria Rivera also doesn't enjoy paper straws either but, still uses them. “It's a good thing that we stopped using plastic straws in order to save the turtles but personally, I don't like them because they don't last.”
This trend has been going around and many people are following it whether they like it or not. In 2020, many big corporations, such as Starbucks, are completely replacing plastic straws for paper straws.