The #STOPSUCKING Challenge And How Straws Are Affecting Our Planet

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Hey guys. I recently was made aware of a few small things we do on a daily basis that without thinking about it, we don’t realize how badly we are harming our planet. One of those things is drinking from a straw. Something so small and so much damage that it is causing in our planet and to our wildlife taking lives of innocent animals and trashing our oceans and forests. I have taken the pledge to “Stop Sucking” and though it seems to be a habit that has presented itself to be a little harder to break, I am still willing to break it and here is the why and the how to reach this goal. Also don’t forget to take the pledge at the end to help make a difference and to “Stop Sucking.”

Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored by any companies. All opinions are my own. Facts are found on National Geographic and Strawless Ocean. Affiliate links posted. 

Why you should stop using a disposable straw!

Here’s the horrible facts of using a disposable, one time use straw!!!

> Did you know that Americans alone use 500 million straws a day. Yes I said a DAY!!!
> Did you know that the majority of those straws end up in our oceans?
> Did you also know they can be recycled… but no one recycles them?
> Animals consume these straws and even get injured by them. Watch this video to see for yourself.
> If we don’t act now, did you know that there will be more plastic then fish in our oceans by 2050? How sad is that?!

Yes all these facts are true and you can find them here. It is sad that this is what our world is coming too. Well there’s a few ways that you can make a difference and stop sucking.

Check out this article for more information.

Check out this video for inspiration.

How you can make the change.

Here’s a few way to change your ways and support the #STOPSUCKING movement.

> Don’t use a disposable straw.
> Recycle your straw if you end up having to use one. Sometimes it slips our mind and before we know it we have slipped that paper off the straw and inserted the straw in our drink. It has happened to me before and am working hard to stop this. I swear it is a habit that seems much harder to stop than what I was expecting.
> Use reusable straws. Yes these exist and are amazing. There’s bamboo straws, metal straws, and heck, I even clean and reuse the straws at from Starbucks. They seem pretty sturdy and easy to clean.
> And the easiest and cheaper option. Don’t use any straw period. 🙂

Here’s some of my favorite items.
1. Bamboo Straw by WorT-Hy Picks
2. Bamboo Straws by Bamboo Barware
3. Stainless Steel Straw by SIPWELL 
​4. Stainless Steel Straw by Freedom Foundry 
5. Straw Travel Case by Simply Straws
​6. Glass Straw and Travel Case by GNR Home

The #STOPSUCKING Challenge

So let’s break this nasty habit that is killing our world and take the pledge to #STOPSUCKING . Just click the button below to join the movement and share it with the world.

I PLEDGE TO #STOPSUCKING

Know of other ways to make a difference? Share with us in the comment section below.

#stopsucking challenge

8 Replies to “The #STOPSUCKING Challenge And How Straws Are Affecting Our Planet”

  1. First, I would like to thank you because I never thought about that before. And from now on I will buy only the glasses ones

    1. Yayy! Glad to be inspiring to others in our world. It is an issue that shouldn’t exist but sadly is harming our planet. Thanks for joining my challenge and making a change. 🙂 Means the world to me.

  2. I had no idea this was a problem. I used to recycle my straws after use but now I’m making the pledge to #STOPSUCKING. It’s important to preserve our environment.

    1. I had no idea either till I did some research of my own. The videos I saw was enough to make me do the pledge and accept the challenge. Thank you for recycling them and also for now taking the pledge. I agree. It is very important to preserve our environment. After all, it’s the only planet we can call home.

  3. I prefer glass straws and then my second choice is stainless. Thus far I have not found a bamboo straw that I like, I do need a new tiny brush though. 🙂

    1. I was nervous to use a glass straw just cause I have kids. Do they break easily? I’ve been leaning more towards the stainless steel one even though I love bamboo. The plant, it’s texture, everything about bamboo I love. Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. This is really something I have never thought about before! Thank you for sharing this – it’s great to spread awareness to something so small, that can make such a big impact!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I wasn’t aware of the issue either at first but now I know that if I wasn’t aware there must be many others who still don’t know about this issue either. Anything to help make a difference and spread awareness.

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