The Last Straw at SILK Villas
Missing something in your drink? Mass plastic use is a huge problem that contributes massive amounts to landfill and has a negative impact on ocean ecosystems. Single-use plastics, especially straws, are having an adverse effect on our world, and it’s time to do something about it.
We care about our environmental impact, so we’ve done away with plastic straws.
Really need one?
We now provide biodegradable straws at SILK Villas, just ask!
There is an alarming disconnect between what’s in our hands and where it comes from, or what it means for the future. A plastic straw in my gin might seem innocent enough, but multiply that by the billions of people that buy billions of drinks across the world every single day, and you start to get an idea of the scale of the problem we’re looking at. That straw I threw away after stirring my drink will outlive me and everyone else on this planet. Unless we do something to change.
Why are straws so bad?
- Straws are difficult to recycle because they are so light and small that they drop out of sorting machines and mix with other materials.
- They are technically recyclable, but in practice, this does not happen nearly as much as it should.
- Straws are used in such vast quantities across the globe that they end up in the oceans simply through human error. They are littered, left on beaches, blown into the ocean by the wind, or they find their way into the sea through plugholes and drains.
- Plastic does not biodegrade, it breaks down into smaller pieces called ‘microplastics’ which are even more dangerous for marine life.
- According to StrawlessOcean.org around 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs and if the plastic is ingested, marine life has just a 50% chance of survival.
- Every year about 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans and in 2025, the annual input is estimated to be about twice that.
- Straws contribute a lot to that figure and feature in the top 10 items found in coastal clean-ups.