There are over five trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans. Single-use plastics end up littering the environment in part because of irresponsible individual behavior. It is destroying our natural environment. Plastic and Styrofoam containers can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.
For the past few years, my partner has been managing a small beach resort on a tropical island called “Koh Lanta” in the Krabi Provenience, where they see waste washing up on the beautiful shores daily. During low season, they have to clean the beach up to 3 times a day based on tidal movements to remove waste (mostly plastic). During the season of 2017, he monitored their plastic straw usage for six months for their restaurant and bar. They tallied over 27,000 straws were provided for all beverages. That was an overwhelming number that could no longer be ignored. Together we have been researching a sustainable solution.