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Berry 1Ashley BerrySyringEnglish 1010 - 153399December 11, 2018For The Love of Turtles! - Proposal EssayPlastics are currently a crucial element of American convenience. The composite allowsfor orderly shipping, packaging and is even used for the storage of common goods and toys.While plastic products are extremely easy to make and use, the forms of it are very harmful tothe environment. In particular, plastic straws are the culprit of a myriad of aquatic health issues.This small item may seem nearly inconsequential, but in fact Americans use approximately 500million straws daily (Hugh). The environment is suffering and this small change can make alarge difference. Saint Mary’s County should ban the use of plastic straws in restaurants becausethey cannot be easily recycled, are harmful to the human body and to ocean life. There are a lot of plastic items that can be recycled, but many straws cannot be usedagain. As a result, most of the straws are left in landfills, which can easily allows for trash toblow into the oceans (Newman 14). These straws also are not biodegradable and cannot ever befully degraded. Biodegrading would be the process of an item being naturally broken down anddigested by microorganisms and then naturally recycled into new molecules. Degrading is simplyan item being broken down into smaller pieces. Plastics can never become something completelynew and it can also never be broken into smaller pieces entirely. However, when a plastic doesdegrade it releases chemicals that are toxic to the environment and wildlife (Newman 13-14).
Berry 2This becomes a problem as plastic straws are the 11th most found item in recovered garbagefrom the ocean. This makes up 3% of total recovered waste (Provencher 9). There are manyinstances where plastic straws have harmed ocean life. In one case, there was a turtle that hadbeen found with a bloody straw inside its nostril. This was likely caused by a free-flowing strawthat the turtle had swallowed and then attempted to cough out (“Turtles and Straws”). Similarscenarios can happen to any other marine animal and even to organisms on land, and can bedeadly to unsuspecting animals. Another issue with animals consuming plastics is that whenseafood or livestock is harvested. The person eating the fish or livestock can ingest the plasticthat was once inside of the organism. Along with plastics being harmful after disposal, they can