This movement began on a sidewalk in California and has already spread to the rest of the US (where 500 million dollars are spent per day) and the rest of the world. The goal is, of course, to save the environment. One straw at a time.
He had just returned from a vacation in the Caribbean full of pleasure, but also “plastic pollution,” when on an esplanade in Santa Cruz, California, they brought him the glass of water he had ordered with a straw (unsolicited). It was there that Jackie Nunez saw that was “the moment, this is my last plastic straw.” He has, however, created a website to publicize his idea and movement.
From then on, he promised that he would never touch a straw any more (unless for some reason he became ill and unable to hydrate or otherwise feed himself). More, he was going to convince everyone who could manage to join his cause, starting with his friends, family and acquaintances, “Ask without a straw!” (He became his motto), then going to restaurants, bars and the like. Where you live.
Doing the math, first at the local level, as in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, in the cleanings of the beaches where five thousand straws per year will be removed from the sand. Then, nationally, in the United States (where 5% of the world’s population lives, which in turn consumes 30% of the planet’s resources, producing another 30% of all the world’s waste, he explained in The Last Plastic Straw, about 500 million plastic straws will be used every day. “It’s enough straw residue to wrap around the earth’s circumference twice and a half or to fill the Yankees’ stadium nine times a year! Imagine the world numbers!”
He then continued to gather information. Since they are not biodegradable, the straw will degrade over hundreds of years, becoming smaller and smaller, eventually being eaten by fish, mollusks and turtles. “80% of all the debris found in the oceans originates in the earth and between 80% and 90% of these same debris are made of plastic”, Nunez explained on its website.
It should not be surprising to also cite experts who estimate that 90% of marine species have ingested at least a moment of plastic debris, even the sea salt we consume daily contains plastic microparticles once it decomposes in the oceans. This ingestion, in the long term, can mean several health problems.
Thus, with the establishments of its zone properly advised, the activist has now decided to extend the battle plan to the rest of the United States and the world, through the hashtag #refusethestraw. The British designer Vivienne Westwood was one of the personalities who already joined the movement and started to drink straight from the glass.