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Running Head: Banning Plastic Straws: Is this necessary or are we overreacting Assignment #5Banning Plastic Straws: Is this necessary or are we overreacting Michelle Donovan - #3210685ENGL255 Professor Sharren Patterson May 2018
Banning Plastic Straws: A crucial step in reducing plastic waste 2Banning Plastic Straws: A crucial step in reducing plastic wasteIn April of this year, Britain announced their plan to ban the sale of plastic straws and asked the Commonwealth countries to join. To date, Canada has avoided making any commitment to follow suit. There has been a considerable amount of attention brought to the amount of plastic waste, particularly in the oceans, that is being generated at an alarmingly fast rate. In fact, plastic pollution in oceans was identified as a global concern in 2011. Canada has oceans on three of its four borders, therefore one would think protection of these massive resources to our country would be of paramount concern, but is a full ban necessary or is this too simplistic of an approach? Most people react poorly to government interference over personal choice, and there are always repercussions to small businesses that need to be considered before implementing a full a ban. Despite this, our obsession with single-use plastic needs to stop as theeffect on our oceans, wildlife and even ourselves is far too severe. Plastic straws are among the top ten litter items picked up during beach clean-ups, along with plastic water bottles, bottle caps and food wrappers. Laura Parker, a journalist for National Geograhic states that it is estimated that Americans use 500 million plastic straws every single day. Further, “The equivalent of five grocery bags of plastic trash for every foot of coastline spills into the oceans annually” (Parker, 2018). One plastic straw serves a purpose for only mere minutes yet has a lifespan of hundreds to possible thousands of years.