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WEEKLY TIP: Plastic straws really suck for the environment

Canadians throw out 57 million plastic, single-use straws everyday and they end up in our landfills and our waterways
Avoiding single-use items such as plastic straws and seeking sustainable alternatives just makes sense, says Sustainable Orillia.

EDITOR'S NOTEOrilliaMatters is partnering with Sustainable Orillia to publish a weekly energy tip. Check back here every Tuesday evening for a new tip. For more information, visit the Sustainable Orillia website.

Did you know that Canadians throw out 57 million plastic single-use straws everyday?

And do you know where they end up? In landfills - and even worse, in our waterways and oceans where they take over 300 years to break down, while doing irreparable damage to the well-being of our planet and of the folks (and fishies) who live on it.

Let’s do something about this. Whether at home, in the grocery store, or at a restaurant or bar - let’s say a big NO to plastic straws!

Choose paper straws, or, even better, choose straws made of reusable, long-lasting materials like stainless steel, glass or bamboo, all of which are available on-line or through local outlets such as Home Hardware, The Dollar Store and Giant Tiger.

Make your last plastic, single-use straw truly 'your last straw!'