Thought for the Day – Straws?
Plastic straws contain toxins such as bisphenol-A (BPA).
Plastic straws can’t be recycled; they won’t breakdown to compost the land; the plastic just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces.
Do you really need to use a plastic straw?
It’s likely that straws dropped on the road in Ubud will end up in the gutters and be washed out to the beaches and into the ocean.
A “Trash Talker” and co-owner of Bali Recycling, Oliver Pouillon asks, “Have we really forgotten how to drink from glasses?”
For more about Oliver and his work, go to: <http://jmnicol.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/inspiring-person-oliver-pouillon/> by blogger Janet Nicol, founder of Bali Inspired magazine.
Options are available if you do want a straw. Glass straws, for instance, come in lots of colors, are toxic free, and can be easily cleaned. Go to <www.imagineBali.org> to buy glass straws and to help “The Last Straw Campaign” on Bali.
Bali is a small island, so what to do with plastic that can’t be reused is more obviously a problem than perhaps in other places. But wherever you are, you can help reduce plastic pollution.
Everything matters. Please make conscious choices – even with straws.
P.S. If you are here in Ubud this Saturday, April 5, come join The Big Ubud Cleanup. Meet at 9 a.m. on Jalan Gootama #13 – the new Soma’s. You’ll be able to pick up litter (including lots of plastic straws) for a couple of hours, meet good people, and then hear great music – organized by Human Ruben. For more information about the monthly cleanup, join the FB group.