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Stainless-Steel Straws to Help Stop Ocean Pollution

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Greenpeace volunteer collecting plastic straws during a beach clean in Canada 

The number of plastic straws being dumped in our oceans each day is staggering. While hard data is impossible to establish, there is plenty of estimates based on plastic straw  production, consumer surveys and beach clean-ups.

One study published in 2017 puts the number of plastic straws then littering the world's beaches as 8.3 billion. It was led by Roland Geyer of the University of California and was one of the first to give a global analysis of the production, use and fate of all plastics. It established that we had up until then we had produced a total of 8,300 million tonnes of plastic and up to 2015 only nine per cent of this total had been recycled, 12 per cent incinerated and 79 per cent was stuck in landfill or the natural environment.

It is thought that straws account for about four per cent of the total plastic trash globally.

A report from one of the first hotels in Hawaii to ban the use of plastic straws - The Hilton Waikoloa Village - revealed that it had used 800,000 straws in one year. The Anantara and Avani hotel chain in Asia estimates that is used 2.49 million straws in 2017. AccorHotels in the US and Canada says it used 4.2 million straws in the same period.

One widely quoted estimate based on production levels put the US alone at using 500 million straws a day. Other estimates based on surveys suggest a figure of more than 100 million a day.

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Whatever the actual total number of straws being dumped in the sea, it is no longer acceptable to make the problem any worse. DIVE is now giving away a set of stainless steel straws with all UK subscriptions and you can buy a set of our steels directly from Amazon for £6.99.

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