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Be a part of #RefuseTheStraw campaign and do your environment a favour

Here is why you should refuse plastic straws as much as possible.

Written by Shaloo Tiwari |Published : February 26, 2018 4:33 PM IST

Each time you see a fancy drink that has a straw, overly decorated and made to look appealing, what do you do? Take your phone out and Instagram it. Right? While it is all fun and games, have you ever thought what is the real purpose of that straw? We all know it is to just transfer our drink to our mouth. But is it really required? Do we really need it so much? Think about it. The reason we are talking about this might just blow your mind. This one change in our drinking habit of refusing the straw can help the environment big time! Recently, you must have noticed the #RefuseTheStraw trending on Twitter, and that is exactly what I am talking about. This hashtag promotes the idea of discarding the use of straws to sip your drink to help the environment. All of us have read enough and more about the non-biodegradable waste generated in form of plastic that we use. And it is a no-brainer that with a growing population, us continuing to generate plastic waste is like paving our way to the graveyard. Going by the stats, the USA alone uses over 500 million straws are used every day. Imagine the magnitude of harm it is doing to the environment. Just one NO for the straw can help the cause tremendously. The #RefuseTheStraw is urging people to refrain from using straws for their drink and this small step from our end can mean a lot for the environment.

Look at the Twitteratis creating awareness on the social media platform about the #RefuseTheStraw. And some other who are pledging to stop serving and use of plastic straws:

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However, if you really want to help this issue, just sharing the hashtag is not going to work. Here are a few things you must adopt as a healthy habit in this case.

1. Avoid using/buying plastic straw unless extremely necessary.

2. Encourage others to avoid using plastic straws.

3. Encourage the use of straws made my other biodegradable or durable sources like paper, steel, etc.

4. If you are the server of plastic straws, avoid serving it to people unless explicitly asked for.

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